Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

maricela ortega, middle school reporter

Have you ever asked yourself how is Christmas celebrated around the world. Christmas is celebrated many different ways all over the world. Many people view Christmas as getting presents but there’s much more to the meaning of Christmas to other people around the world.

Advent is a time of preparation and awaiting baby Jesus to be born on Christmas day. Jesus was born in a barn and laid in a manger; he was sent to open the gates of heaven. Christmas for Australians lands in the summer because they’re in the southern and eastern hemisphere which means that the kids are close to summer break. This means to them that there’s no more waking up in the morning and homework. With a temperature around 30 degrees Celsius (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit) they usually have a picnic, surf, or engage in outdoor activities. A traditional meal is turkey with ham and pork and for dessert some flaming Christmas plum pudding which often has a small favor baked inside.

England celebrates Christmas by mummering. People in the Middle Ages put on masks and acted in Christmas plays that are still performed in towns and villages. They only ate Frumenty the day before Christmas which is a kind of porridge made from corn. Later on, the recipe changed and eggs, spice, fruit, dried fruit and lumps of meat were added. That’s how plum pudding began. A traditional dinner is roasted turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert is a fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

In Mexico, their main Christmas celebration is La Posada which reenacts the search for a shelter by Joseph and Mary before Jesus is born. On Christmas day,the kids try to break a pinata. Kids ten and under don’t get blindfolded while children eleven and older get blindfolded. The pinata is usually hanging from a piece of rope and someone usually controls it. The parents typically sing a song and once the song is finished the kid stops swinging at the pinata. Once it is broken it’s every man for himself as the pinata​ usually dispenses lots of candy. In Mexico, Santa doesn’t exist but on January 6 the kids receive gifts from the Three Wise Men.

Christmas has different meanings to different people in different places on earth.Christmas is celebrated in many ways all over the world. These are onlys ome of the different ways to celebrate Christmas.