It would it be delightful to tour Christmas traditions around the world, to be able to be transported anywhere in the world that you wanted to go, instantly, as if you were on Star Trek or better yet Santa’ s sleigh, since it is Christmas. I think I would have some serious planning to do because I am the type that likes to take it all in. I don’t want to miss out on any of the fun.

I would begin my journey in late November. My first stop would be in Nuremberg, Germany. I would just love to browse the outdoor Chriskindlesmart (Christmas market) while holding a steaming cup of their mulled wine. I might even purchase some of their hand blown glass ornaments or perhaps one of their famous Nutcrackers. I sure wouldn’t miss sampling the many Christmas cookies and candy that are baked there.

There are a couple of Italian Christmas traditions, that I might like to attend. The first, on December 6 is La Festa Di San Nicola (St. Nicholas). They cook broad beans in huge cauldrons at outdoor festivals. Around the 18th of the month, I would like to join the young musicians as they wear shepherd costumes and travel the neighborhoods. We would sing Christmas carols and recite Christmas poems at every door and be well paid for our efforts. On Dec. 13, I could easily be convinced to stop in on a Scandinavian country, most likely Sweden, for the St Lucia festival. The oldest daughter of the family I stayed with would serve us hot rolls and coffee for a family breakfast at dawn to begin our day. Then we would be off to the parades.

Joseph and Mary on Christmas eve

In continuing, joining in on other Christmas traditions around the world, I might say, “A Piñata anyone!” This celebration is a Mexican , Posada party complete with the parade of Mary and Joseph to the inn (the location where the party begins). I would definitely join in on these nine days of fun from Dec. 16-24.

If I was to be very proper, in maintaining British Christmas traditions, I would attend the many Christmas plays put on a few days before Christmas by the mummers (masked performers). I wonder if they are called that because they mumble…. you know, mummers mumble. No, I doubt it! If you are proper, you certainly don’t mumble. Maybe it’s the Wassail that keeps one from hearing clearly. I wouldn’t miss the Wassail either!

On Christmas Eve, I would join a Polish, family. One of their most prominent Christmas traditions is to wait for the Star of Bethlehem to appear in the night sky. A hearty round of well wishing and an even heartier meal follow. I would have to eat sparingly though because……….

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….at the stroke of midnight (no my coach won’t turn into a pumpkin), I will be transported to France for a majestic Midnight Mass followed by their le Reveillon. It is a sumptuous Christmas feast (who cooks better than the French?). Did you know they top off this meal with thirteen different desserts. Yep! It was the desserts that convinced me.

Later in the day, after sleeping off that feast, I would fly to Ireland to watch the brave people in South Dublin take a traditional swim on Christmas day. Perhaps, I would stay the next day for the Wren parade.

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Christmas traditions around the world. Here are some other countries that you might enjoy visiting. Have a great time!

Christmas tradition in Sweden, Finland Christmas traditions
Christmas traditions in Denmark

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