Whether you are a child, a parent or an adult, there are many Christmas traditions from around the world that you can enjoy. From giving gifts to children to watching Christmas cartoons, there is something for everyone!
Watching Christmas cartoons
Whether you are looking for a classic Christmas film to enjoy with your family or are simply searching for the best Christmas cartoon to binge watch, there are many options available. It’s important to choose wisely though. Here are some suggestions.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is probably the most famous Christmas cartoon. This animated film was the first TV cartoon based on the popular comic strip of the same name. The movie combines the classic comic book’s charm with some new characters and an interesting premise.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is another notable – and a bit more colorful – Christmas cartoon. This half-hour is one of the most popular Christmas specials of all time. Originally broadcast on December 6, 1964, this cartoon was created by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. Boris Karloff provided the voice of the Grinch.
“It’s a SpongeBob Christmas” is a fairly recent Christmas cartoon. This animated film features colorful characters, a clever use of stop motion and a few Christmas related jokes.
“The Yule Goat” is a very old Christmas tradition in Sweden. A large cat is said to roam the countryside at Christmastime, and would devour lazy workers. Aside from being the cheesiest Christmas cartoon, it’s also one of the most famous.
“The Wizard of Oz” isn’t technically a Christmas film. However, it’s a very fun and magical holiday story. In this animated classic, the Oz-like tale is a good way to pass the time.
Lastly, “It’s a SpongeBob Mystery” is an animated spoof of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” This cartoon demonstrates the clever use of stop motion and the smarm of a SpongeBob.
The best Christmas cartoons are a combination of nostalgia, imagination and a touch of whimsy. They are fun to watch, especially for children.
Hanging mistletoe in the house
During the Christmas season, many people make the custom of hanging mistletoe in the house. This practice is actually a very old one, dating back thousands of years. It is thought that the practice originated with the Druids, who believed mistletoe to possess mystical powers. It was also thought that mistletoe could keep evil spirits away from the home.
Several ancient cultures believed mistletoe to be an aphrodisiac, as well as a symbol of fertility. Mistletoe is also believed to possess medicinal qualities. It was used in ceremonies by Celtic Druids.
It was also thought that mistletoe brought good luck and was protective against witchcraft. It was also believed to be a good food source for birds. However, some varieties of mistletoe are poisonous, so they should never be consumed.
During the Middle Ages, mistletoe was associated with fertility and vitality. It was also believed to be a great sign of love. Traditionally, women would put a mistletoe leaf under their pillow and dream of love.
The custom of kissing under mistletoe dates back to the 1700s in the UK. It was believed that a kiss under the mistletoe would bring good luck to the couple. But it was also believed that if the couple were not kissing under the mistletoe, they would be single for another year.
The practice of kissing under mistletoe also spread to middle-classes. Eventually, it spread to servants and other people who wanted to steal a kiss.
In the 19th century, the practice was brought to England. It was believed that a kiss under mistletoe would ensure a long, happy life.
The custom was also brought to the American continent. In America, the tradition of hanging mistletoe in the home was adopted by pioneers. It is still practiced today.
Burning a goat statue
During the Yuletide season in Northern Europe, certain towns put up a giant straw effigy of a goat. It is then set ablaze. It is considered a special tradition in Sweden, where a straw Yule goat is erected in December.
This tradition is not without its controversy. Some people claim the goat is a demon. Other people say the goat is a symbol of the invisible animal spirit. In the Swedish town of Gavle, a straw Yule goat has been burnt down 35 times in the past fifty years.
The goat has been targeted by dozens of vandals, including a group dressed as gingerbread men. The goat has also been hit by cars. It has even been kidnapped. A man who burned the goat admitted to having been drunk at the time. He later regretted his actions.
The goat’s webcam has been hacked. Authorities have put around the clock video surveillance cameras up to try to catch the culprits. The goat has also been sprayed with flameproof chemicals. But authorities have not found a way to stop the arsonists.
Some people have questioned the goat’s destruction. They have included Norwegians and American tourists. Some have even bet on the goat’s survival during the festive season.
A man who was arrested for torching the goat statue in 2015 said the act was motivated by a pagan ancestor. He was seen by witnesses as being ill-prepared. He was holding a lighter, and he was acting suspiciously. His face was singed and he smelled like gasoline. He was arrested and fined 100,000 kronor for the damage.
The Swedish Yule goat is the traditional symbol of the festive season in Northern Europe. It is traditionally displayed in homes during the holiday season and tied with a red ribbon.
Hanging brooms in the house
Hundreds of years ago, Norwegians decided to hide brooms in their homes on Christmas eve in order to keep evil spirits out. These days, many households in Norway continue this old tradition.
This is one of the most ancient Christmas traditions in the world. In fact, the first Christmas tree was decorated in 1510 in Riga, Latvia.
It is considered a Christmas tradition in several countries, especially Australia, Belgium and Ireland. In Brazil, the Papai Noel, the mythical king of Christmas, comes to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. This is followed by the Three Kings Day, when gifts are delivered by Magi.
A similar tradition is found in South Africa. On Christmas Day, people eat deep fried caterpillars of the Emperor moth.
In Oaxaca, Mexico, the “Night of the Radishes” is a festive event. This is an annual celebration of Christmas. The city of Oaxaca, Mexico, has the largest radishes in the world.
Another interesting Christmas tradition is the Ligligan Parul Sampernandu in the city of San Fernando, Philippines. This event features a giant lantern festival. These lanterns can reach six meters in height and are meant to bring good luck to the city.
The Norwegians have a lot of Christmas traditions. One of the more interesting ones is the practice of hiding brooms in their homes on Christmas Eve. This is not only a way to keep evil spirits out, but also to prevent supernatural forces from entering the home.
The brooms are also thought to have a magical ability. They are able to keep evil spirits away. Many Norwegians also put an almond in their rice pudding. This is a way of saying, “I love you, but I’m afraid that there are evil spirits in the house.”
The most important thing to know about this Christmas tradition is that it is not just limited to Norway. You can find this and other interesting Christmas traditions in Australia, Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand.
Giving gifts to children
During the holiday season, many people celebrate the tradition of giving gifts to children. Some of the traditions vary from country to country. While some countries focus on a particular month of the year, others celebrate the entire holiday season. Some countries also use an Advent calendar to help with this.
In the United Kingdom, children open their presents on Christmas Day. Some countries leave presents in stockings or on the doorsteps of their homes. Other countries leave presents under the Christmas tree.
There are also several countries that celebrate Father’s Day. It is a time to show appreciation for dads and mothers.
Some countries also celebrate Easter. Easter gifts include eggs, candies, and Easter bunnies. In many Christain-majority countries, the Easter celebration is a family affair.
There are also many countries that have a gift-giving tradition for Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that typically occurs in late November and early December. In some areas of the United States, Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Kislev in the Hebrew calendar.
The gift-giving tradition has evolved over thousands of years. It has roots in ancient Roman festivals. Early Christians rationalized the pagan customs of gift-giving. During the first century, Christians began to re-insert the rituals of gift-giving into their Christmas celebrations. The gifts given by the Three Wise Men were associated with the birth of Christ.
Another Christmas tradition involves children receiving presents from Santa. Santa is a traditional figure based on Saint Nicholas. Originally, Saint Nicholas gave gifts to children on the Feast of Saint Nicholas. But during religious wars in the Middle Ages, Saint Nicholas was suppressed. In modern times, the tradition of Santa has been adopted by many secular Christmas traditions in the U.S.