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How do they celebrate Christmas in Italy?

In Italy, Christmas celebrations begin 8 days before Christmas day with a period known as the Novena, which is a series of prayers.  During this time children dress up as shepherds, and go door to door singing, reciting poems and … Continue reading

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Who or What is La Befana?

According to Italian traditions, the three wise men knocked on the door of an old witch-lady and asked her for directions to Bethlehem. They told her about the birth of baby Jesus, and asked her to go with them. She … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Spain?

Christmas lights start going up in towns from the end of November, or early December. Christmas trees are quite popular now, although the more traditional decoration is the nativity scene (known as a belén)  which can be found in churches, … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Denmark?

This is a guest post from Anne Christine Jensen of RS Globalization. Some of the most typically Danish Christmas traditions in December are: almost all families have a decoration with a “kalenderlys” (calendar candle) on which we count the days … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in France?

This is a guest post from Caroline Skudder who works as an English teacher at the Université Stendhal-Grenoble. Christmas is a special and magical time of the year. Both adults and children look forward to it for different reasons: children … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Germany?

This is a guest post from Rainer Schlötterer of RS_Globalization Services. In Germany almost all families decorate their homes with an “Adventskranz” (advent wreath). This is a wreath most often made from twigs (fir tree, spruces) with four candles and … Continue reading

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