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Christmas around the world

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What is Christmas?
The annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus: celebrated on December 25 and now generally observed as a legal holiday and an occasion for exchanging gifts.
Christmas in Africa
Christmas in India
Christmas is a small festival in India.
Midnight mass is a very important celebration, especially for the Catholics.
Christmas in India
Christmas in Mexico
Christmas celebrations begin December 16th.
Often, evenings are celebrated with a Posada, which is a symbol of Joesph and Mary looking for an inn. For the Posada's, outsides of houses are decorated.
Children walk around with candles and decorations and walk around singing to houses of their family and friends.
Pinata's are a popular staple at Posada parties.
Nativity scenes, or nacimiento, are the most popular decorations for the Christmas Holiday.
Christmas Eve is spent with family, and Christmas is celebrated with a large fireworks celebration.
Santa comes to visit with presents on Christmas day.

Christmas in Africa
Christmas celebrations in Africa begin with carolers walking through the village.
Next, there is a worship service held at the church. The most important part of this service is the 'love offering', which is a gift to honor Jesus.
Christmas in Africa is a summer holiday, with a lot of fresh air activities to enjoy the summer breeze.
Homes are decorated with pine branches, and each home has a decorated fir tree with homemade ornaments.
Children leave their stockings out on Christmas Eve for gifts from Father Christmas.
Christmas around the world
by: Hannah GIngles

African's are known for their elaborate handmade ornaments.
Father Christmas, or Santa Claus delivers presents to children from a horse and cart. He is known as 'Christmas Baba'.
The churches are decorated with poinsettia's and candles.
Instead of traditional Christmas trees, they decorate a banana or mango trees.
Christmas in Mexico
Christmas at my house: the dutch
Christmas Eve begins with the whole family sitting in the living room watching A Christmas Story, waiting for Zwarte Pete to throw speculass cookies and chocolate coins.
Once he has come, we set out our wooden Dutch shoes, stroopwafels (a syrup waffle cookie), milk, and carrots (for St. Nicholas's horse).
In the morning we wait for the grown-ups to have coffee and Dutch breakfast goodies before we can even hope to open up our gifts!
The whole day is spent with family and eating more food than anyone could even imagine eating.

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CasaLasMargaritas. (December 15, 2011). Mexican Christmas Traditions - Las Posadas - Barrio "San Felipe de Jesús" Barra de Navidad Jalisco [web log on post]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch v=HJthr0WS48M&index=3&list=PL_4
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