So I know halloween has just passed, but I can’t help but feel like Christmas is just days away. (Sad me, it’s still more than a month) BUT, this doesn’t mean that we don’t have to prepare. This year you can all suprise your family and friends with an international Christmas. I found some of the most fun and unusual Christmas traditions there are.

IRELAND

A lot of families still place a lit candle in the window. Of course it is really cosy, but originally this was meant to welcome Mary and Joseph. You also have to leave some mince pies and a bottle of Guinness out for Santa.

ETHIOPIA

Early in the morning everyone dresses in white and goes to church. In the afternoon tradition says they have to play the game of Gena. (Very familiar to hockey). The legend tells us that the shephards were playing this game when Jesus was born. The game is attended by the leader of the village. Afterwards people dress up in colourful robes and dance and play the drums.

PAKISTAN

Christians go out on Christmas Eve and sing carrols. Other people will hand them gifts, but mostly money. This money often goes to a charity organisation. The houses are beautifully lit with hundreds of lights and on top of the roof they will put the star of Bethlehem.

NORWAY

According to a norwegian legend, witches an evil spirits would come out on Christmas Eve. To prevent them from stealing the broomsticks to fly in the sky, people would hide them and men would fire a gunshot in the sky, to frighten the evil.

JAMAICA

When you don’t know what to cook for Christmas, just make it a jamaican Christmas. The traditional menu includes saltfish, breadfruit, fried plantains and  boiled bananas and that’s only breakfast. Dinner exists out of curried goat, stewed oxtail, rice and gungo peas. For dessert, sorrel drink and a jamaican rum fruitcake served with red wine.

So I hope I gave you some ideas to suprise your family with Christmas! Have fun!

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