The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for family and friends around the world come together for the holiday season to celebrate and take part in special traditions. From festive dinners to gift giving, the holiday Sseason is the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are 3 holiday customs around the world.
Christmas or Halloween? ---Ukraine
Instead of tinsel, ornaments and lights, Ukrainians decorate their Christmas tree with artificial spiders and cobwebs. According to the local folklore, there was a poor woman who wasn’t able to afford Christmas decorations. Her children woke up to see the tree covered in cobwebs. When the first light of Christmas morning shined on the webs, they turned into gold and silver, leaving the family not have to worry about money again. It is believed that seeing a spider web on Christmas morning is good luck.
Have yourself a SWEET Christmas---Britain
In Britain, Christmas pudding is served on Christmas Day. The tradition isn’t eating it but how it is made. Every family member must stir the pudding clockwise while making a wish. Adding a coin in the mix brings wealth, a ring for luck in marriage and a thimble for luck in life. Whoever finds the “ingredients” in their serving will have wealth and luck.
Sweets or Potatoes? ---Iceland
In Iceland, there is a legend of the thirteen Yule Lads. The Yule Lads were merry yet mischievous trolls that lived in the mountains of Iceland. The thirteen nights leading up to Christmas, the Yule Lads would leave the mountain one by one. On each of those nights, children placed one of their shoes on the windowsill. For the good boys and girls, the Yule Lad left candy. If the children misbehaved, they were left rotting potatoes.
Let’s spread the holiday cheer.
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