Celebrating Christmas in different cultures

27 Nov

Have a look at this website and see what you can find out about Christmas in different cultures.  Do they have different names for the people involved? Are their special foods? Does it all happen on December 25th?  Record your discoveries by commenting.  If you have friends or family aborad, how do they celebrate?


Posted by on November 27, 2007 in ICT, RE, Talk Topic


21 responses to “Celebrating Christmas in different cultures

  1. FM JM

    November 27, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Christmas in China celebrate by lighting there houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating there Christmas trees,which they call “The Trees of Light”.
    Santa Claus in China is called Dun Che Lao Ren which means “Christmas old Man”.
    Chinese children hang muslin stockings and await a visit from Santa Claus.

  2. NA

    November 27, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Christmas in Brazil is a bit like Diwali because fireworks go of let of crakers they allsohave a spesial story and act it out the name it is ”The sheperds”.

  3. OA LP

    November 27, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    The fact is thar are alot of diffrent names for farther christmas.

  4. T.S W.J

    November 27, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    On Christmas eve in Bethlehem people paint a cross on their doors & make a manger like scene in their homes.

  5. dw&l.w

    November 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    People in china lite their homes with paper lanterns.In greece they call father chrims st.Nicholas

  6. AMR JH

    November 27, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Hello mr.cobb were in spain at the moment we have learnt that they celabrate christmas on the 8 of december. We have now flown to sweden and on christmas eve a certian christmas gnome known as tomte emerges from his home under the floor of the house or the barn. Were in brazil now and there santa is called papia noel the gift bringer.

  7. RY TTT

    November 27, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    In India thay decarate Mango and Banana trees.Sometimes thay decarate there roof tops whith Mango leaves.In some parts of India thay decarate churches whith candels.

  8. A.H R.S

    November 27, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Le rveillon is a very late supper after midnight.
    christmas in France.

  9. kC EH

    November 27, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    We looked at Brazil and how they celbrate chistmas. The Brazillians have a huge chistmas dinner with turkey ham cold rice wonderful vegtables and fruit dishes.

  10. NA

    November 27, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    In Denmark they have a masive feast a bit like a banquit and it is celibrated at a spechul time and that is at midnight.

  11. EJ KP

    November 27, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    In France the people do a nativity scene or creche.
    The christmas tree has never been very popular in France.
    The French make a traditional yule log shaped cake called a the buche de nol, it means christmas log.
    French children receive a gift from pere noel


  12. sk

    November 27, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    My Nanny and Grandad live in Israel so they don’t have Christmas over there. Nanny is a bit sneeky as she comes to England every Christmas so that she can open her presents and see us!

  13. mrheath

    November 27, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    You’re certainly uncovering some great Christmas facts from around the world, Birch Class. Well done so far!

    I was really interested to read about you discovering Tomte from Sweden. He’s even been known to visit some families in England where that are Swedish families living. He has helpers called Tomtenissar, who help to make the presents. Tomte loves to eat a certain type of ginger biscuit, called Pepperkakor, which Swedish families would have been making last weekend.

    Enjoy the rest of your learning journery.

    Du kann allt prat en lite Svensk! Sager “God Jul & Gott Nytt År”
    ( pronounce it: goood yoool ock got nit or)

    It means Happy Christmas and a good new year.

  14. P.C

    November 29, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    My nanny is polish and she says that they celebrate christmas eve by having a big feast but without any meat they have 13 courses but they only have a little bit of all of them.Then on christmas day they have a big meal with meat.After that once they’ve all finished they look for the first star and then they open all there presents

  15. AMR

    December 1, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    in Germiny the children open their presents on christmas eve.

  16. F.M

    December 11, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    In Italy awitch comes around and gives gifts to good children and naughty children coal.

  17. F.M

    December 11, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    In Czechrepublic Father Christmas is called Svaty Mikalas and he climbs down from heaven on a golden rope accompanied by an angel and a devil.

  18. F.M

    December 11, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Brazzilians make nativity scenes called Prespo. The word comes from the Hebrew presepium which means the straw upon which Jesus first slept in Bethlehem.

  19. F.M

    December 11, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    In Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, it is traditional on the 16th and 24th to roller skate to early morning church services. The night before children tie string to their toes, hang the string out of the window and the next morning roller skaters tug any strings seen still dangling.

  20. F.M

    December 11, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    A fortnight before Christmas they plant seeeds so on Christmas day they have small green plants bringing signs of new life.
    Children who leave water and grain on their doorsteps for the Christmas camel, who brings gifts.

  21. F.M

    December 11, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    In Germany the traditionof decorating Christmas trees started in Germany.
    Children wait for Weihnachtsman to bring gifts.


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