Christmas around the world

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Traditionally Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, who Christians believe is the son of God. In the 21st century Christmas is also celebrated by many non-Christians who see it as a time to relax and celebrate sharing with friends and family. They often practice rituals like exchanging gifts, singing carols, decorating houses and eating Christmas foods.

Traditions vary from country to country.


In Australia many people attend a Christmas church service and sit around the Christmas tree to open presents. But the weather is hot and it’s common to cook outdoors and spend Christmas day catching up with friends or family on the beach.

Find out about Christmas celebrations in Australia.


Annaberg-Buchholz Weihnachtsmarkt - Annaberg-Buchholz christmas market 15 Germans begin their preparations for Christmas at the start of Advent and finish the festivities on January 6, the day of the three kings. It’s a busy time of shopping in the snow at Christmas markets, spending time with family and friends and attending religious services.

Find out about Christmas celebrations in Germany.


Major Christmas gatherings occur on Christmas Eve in Peru. It’s a time when families gather around nativity scenes to celebrate the birth of Jesus, eat foods from around the world and set off fire crackers.

Find out about Christmas celebrations in Peru.


In Spain the Christmas Seasons, Navidades begins in early December and continues until the coming of the three kings bearing gifts in early January.

Find out about Christmas celebrations in Spain.

United States

Christmas time is the most anticipated holiday season in the United States. Although most Americans celebrate the holiday in terms of religious significance, those with no religious affiliation also dedicate the season to spending quality time with family, embracing the giving spirit, and indulging in delicious delights.

Find out about Christmas celebrations in the United States.

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Date Created: December 24, 2014 Date Modified: July 3, 2018