How does your family celebrate Christmas? Do you do it in the typical modern American way, or do you use other traditions that are not so common in this country? If your ancestors, recent or distant, came from another country, do you know how they celebrated Christmas in their homeland, or if they even did at all? While many Christmas traditions around the world are similar, as the holiday has a common origin in the birth of Christ, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of individual variations in how the holiday is celebrated in different parts of the world.
Some of these differences are due to local geography, local culture, and even local history. Other differences come from the rules and traditions of the local church, as not all Christian churches celebrate Christmas the exact same way. There is a lot of room for innovation and difference when it comes to celebrating Christmas. The way it is celebrated in a particular area usually becomes a beloved tradition for generations to come.
If you know how your ancestors celebrated Christmas, it will allow you to know much more about what their lives were like, and who they were as people. It will also give you some ideas for old traditions you can adopt and make new again in your home to celebrate those ancestors, as well as your heritage. Here are some amazing and beloved Christmas traditions from around the world.