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Christmas in United States of America
The majority of Americans celebrate Christmas withthe exchange of presents and greetings and with family visits. The day begins on Christmas Eve with a traditional ritual «the Midnight Mass”. Dinner usually is roast turkey, goose, duck or ham served with cranberry sauce, then plum pudding or pumpkin pie followed by nuts and fruits. American homes are decorated with holly, mistletoe and branches of trees; most have a Christmas tree hung withelectric lights, tinsel, baubles, and candy canes.
Every year, in Washington D.C., a huge, spectacular tree floodlight the White House when the President presses a button and turns on the tree's lights.
Christmas in France
On Christmas Eve, children leave their shoes by the fireplace to be filled with gifts from “Pere Noel”. In olden time, the 25th morning, they also found that sweets, fruit, nutsand small toys have been hung on the tree. Today, some families choose to open the gifts early, on the 24th evening. French home decorations are often like in American states, except, in Christman ‘families who display a Nativity scene of the Christ, which serves as the heart for the Christmas celebration. The Christmas tree has never been particularly popular in France; in fact,decorations are most electric lights and tinsel. For example, every years, a celebrity and the Paris ‘major used to light the “Champs-Elysées” but not a Christmas tree! The French traditional Christmas desert is called the “buche de Noël”, which means "Christmas Log." The cake is served at the grand feast, which is called “le Réveillon”, “the Christmas eve”. In France it is a time for the wholefamily to come together at Christmas time to holiday which last two weeks. On the Christmas Eve nearly churches and cathedrals notably “Notre Dame de Paris”, ring out Christmas carols with the church bells, the celebration is beautifully.
Christmas in war’countries
Christmas in Iraq
Christmas in Iraq is quite unusual. On Christmas Eve, children Christian’s read theNativity story from the Bible in the courtyard’ house while the other family members hold lighted candles. In the end of the story, a bonfire made up of “dried thorns” is light in one corner. If the thorns burn to ashes, completely, it signifies good luck and prosperity and peace for the family in the coming year. Later, everyone jumps over the ashes of the fire three times and makes a wish!Christmas in Iran
Christmas in Iran is known as the “Little Feast”. The 25th of December, a great fast is occurred, during which no meat, eggs, milk, or cheese is eaten. It is a time of peace and meditation; a time for doing a good deed at the church. When “the fast” (le jeûne) is over, the feast begin, and a lot of meat is prepared for the Christmas dinner. The traditional Christmas dish is a kind of“chicken stew”. It is cooked in large quantities and lasts several days. The boys and girls of Iran have never heard of Santa Claus, so they do not exchange gifts at Christmas. But they can receive new clothes, which they proudly wear all during the happy Christmas week.
Christmas in the Sun
Christmas in Australia
Christmas in Australia is often very hot. Whereas the northern hemisphere isin the middle of winter, Australians are “baking” in summer heat. It is unconventional to have Christmas Day well into the mid 30° degrees Celsius. During the Christmas Eve, a traditional meal includes a turkey dinner, with ham, and pork is eaten up. The pudding is added for dessert. Christmas puddings often contained a gold nugget as well as a small favor baked inside. Whoever finds this favor...