We (in the Czech republic) have many christmas traditions. For example we cut an apple and if there is a star inside, it brings a luck to a family. In Spain they eat grapes. In Russia they celebrate christmas month later. What are your specific christmas celebrations?
Not so much a tradition but just making sure that the family is complete including all the relatives on both side of the parents.
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One tradition I did take part in was while I was in Germany. You leave your shoes outside and they are filled with candy and small gifts. I have no idea where this came from it confused the hell out of me.
Australian Christmas tradition (albeit a recent one) is to have a seafood banquet on Christmas Day. Not everyone does so because of the cost, but many people still do.
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That must be really a big difference between Czech republic and Australia. How can they celebrate Christmas without snow?
I visited Belize during Christmas in 2011, and it was a very interesting tradition. For them Christmas is a big party! The celebrations start like 2 days before Christmas, and it's just late night loud parties and a lot of drinking. On 12am Dec. 25th everyone sets off fireworks and shoots guns. We spent Christmas at a guest house and for two days straight a rooftop party went on across the street, where people sang karaoke! Of course they still have Christmas dinner, which consists of Stewed Chicken, rice and beans, friend plantains, coleslaw and cake. They also all went to church that day. I didn't notice much emphasis on exchanging gifts, but they might have done that as well. More exciting and fulfilling than US thats for sure.
Yes Christmas is the very important function of Christianity. This deserves the birth of Jesus Christ.
Every country follow different traditions.