Christmas Traditions Around The World

Chloe Saulnier

All around the world, Christmas is celebrated by people with many different diverse traditions and religions. Christmas caroling, baking, cooking, and decorating the tree are just some of the things people do, but people in all different countries do something different. Some places dislike Santa or don’t believe in him at all. Some Countries roller skate and some do  pickle in a tree as their tradition. Christmas is celebrated differently all around the world, we all still have our traditions we do each year.   

Holiday extras a news website talks about Germany and their tradition called pickle in the tree. Parents would hide the pickle in the tree for their kids and then they would do it for their kids when they get old and so on. This started in the 16th century when a pickle being hidden in the tree and whoever finds it first would get a prize. Although it might be an unusual tradition, it has been going on for over 100 years. 

Traditions in the US are very basic compared to other countries all around us like Mexico, Canada, or Japan. Some traditions are caroling, sledding, and opening a present christmas eve. I had asked Devon Chambers what he does every christmas and he had said,  “ every christmas we use an elf on the shelf as a fun game, we have to find it’s new hiding spot every day.”  This is just one of his traditions but he does many more like watching the Grinch or getting pajamas every christmas eve. 

Mia Ryder a student at Timberlane said some of her holiday traditions and she has different ones compared to Devon. She said, “ my family also does the pickle in a tree tradition and we always have an elf on the shelf but ours looks a little bit different then devon’s elf”. 

Six Two a website talking all about christmas traditions, put light on Japan and how they have a KFC christmas. Unlike other places who eat turkey or a big roasted chicken in Japan they eat fried chicken from KFC and other food from this place. CNN said, ” Almost every year since she was a child, Hokkaido resident Naomi has looked forward to her family’s traditional Christmas meal: a KFC “party barrel” brimming with salad, cake and lots of fried chicken. This is implying that it has been a tradition for a long time even though it’s uncommon. 

Traditions come in all sorts of games, food, clothing, and much more but doing them keeps people together and gives them something to look forward to every year. Each tradition has their own meaning and value behind it but no matter where it’s from they all mean something to someone.