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Christmas Around the World Websites:

 

http://www.worldholidaytraditions.com/

 

http://rockinresources.com/2015/11/christmas-around-world-web-quest.html

 


http://www.rcs.k12.al.us/webpages/psmith/resources.cfm?subpage=1196598

http://www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm
http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/

 

 

Questions

  1. What kind of trees are decorated at Christmas time in India?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in India
    http://www.christmas-world.freeservers.com/india.html

 

 

 

  1. Christmas trees are not commonly used in Greece.  What is the main symbol of the season in most Greek homes?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Greece
    http://www.gogreece.com/learn/christmas.htm

 

 

 

  1. In the Netherlands, what do children leave in their shoes as a gift for Sinterklaas's horse?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in the Netherlands
    http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/around/netherlands.html

 

 


 

  1. The Christmas season starts in Estonia with the lighting of _______________ candles.
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Estonia
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/estonia.html

 

 

 

  1. In rural areas of Jamaica, holiday celebrations include a ___________________, a form of parade and festivities brought from Africa.
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Jamaica
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/jamaica.html

 

 

 

  1. On what date does Christmas begin in Sweden?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in Sweden
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/sweden.html

 

 

 

  1. What is one of the most popular Christmas tree ornaments in Japan? 
    Internet Resource: 
    Christmas in Japan
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/japan.html

 

 

 

  1. How do Venezuelans in the capital city of Caracas get to church services on Christmas Eve?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in Venezuela
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/venezuela.html

 

 

 


 

  1. What do Romanian children often do on Christmas night?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in Romania
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/romania.html

 

 


 

  1. What is the name of the special porridge eaten at Christmas Eve dinner in many homes in Russia?
    Internet Resource:   Christmas in Russia
    http://www.christmas-day.org/christmas-in-russia.html

 

 

 

  1. In Luxembourg, "Kleeschen" is another name for __________ who comes from the heavens to reward children who have been good.
    Internet Resource:   Christmas in Luxembourg
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/luxem.html

 

 

 

  1. On what day during the holiday season are gifts traditionally exchanged in Slovakia?
    Internet Resource: Slovaks and Christmas Traditions
    http://www.slovak.com/xmas_traditions/

 

 


 

  1. In Iceland, people celebrate 13 days of Christmas beginning on ______________ and ending on __________________.
    Internet Resource:   Christmas in Iceland
    http://www.iceland.org/us/the-embassy/curiosities/nr/757

 

 

 

  1. What kind of fruit is often found in the stockings of children who live in the Canadian Prairies?
    Internet Resource: Canadian Christmas
    http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Noel/angl/basnoel.htm

 

 


 

  1. What is the main holiday decoration in most Mexican homes?
    Internet Resource:  Mexican Christmas Traditions
    http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/christmas.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions

  1. What is the shape of the popular buche de Noel cake made in France at Christmas time?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in France
    http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/france.html
     
  2. What are the most popular Christmas tree decorations in China?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in China
    http://www.the-north-pole.com/around/china.html
     
  3. Why are candles placed in the windows of Irish homes on Christmas Eve?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Ireland
    http://www.christmasarchives.com/ireland.html
     
  4. According to tradition in Belgium, how does St. Nicholas travel from house to house delivering gifts to children?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Belgium
    http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=81
     
  5. In Germany, the three Thursdays before Christmas are known as Knocking Nights.  What do children do on those nights?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Germany
    http://www.kidlink.org/KIDPROJ/MCC/mcc0912.html
     
  6. A popular Christmas tradition in Italy involves music played by zampognari.  What instrument do these musicians play?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Italy
    http://www.msichicago.org/temp_exhibit/catw2006/traditions/countries/italy.html
     
  7. People in the CzechRepublic believe that Christmas Eve has a certain magic.  What is it?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in the Czech Republic
    http://northpole.net/world.htm#CZECH REPUBLIC
     
  8. In the Ukraine, who travels with Father Frost when he delivers gifts?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in the Ukraine
    http://northpole.net/world.htm#UKRAINE
     
  9. In Austria, a bell is rung after Christmas Eve dinner to signal the opening of a locked door.  What are children permitted to see for the first time behind the locked door?
    Internet Resource:  Austria Holiday Traditions
    http://www.californiamall.com/holidaytraditions/traditions-austria.htm
     
  10. What two foods are distributed to the poor on Christmas Day by many people in Egypt?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Egypt
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/egypt.html
     
  11. Who delivers gifts at Christmas to Syrian children who have been good?
    Internet Resource:   Christmas in Syria
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/syria.html
     
  12. In addition to Christmas trees, what other items are used to decorate churches in Kenya for Christmas?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas Traditions in Kenya
    http://northpole.net/world.htm#KENYA
     
  13. What foods do families in Switzerland share after the traditional midnight mass?
    Internet Resource:  Swiss Christmas
    http://www.santas.net/swisschristmas.htm
     
  14. What do children do with their shoes in Spain on January 5?
    Internet Resource:  Spanish Christmas Traditions
    http://www.californiamall.com/holidaytraditions/traditions-spain.htm
     
  15. In Hungary, Christmas is celebrated twice.  What are the dates for these celebrations?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Hungary
    http://www.zuzu.org/hung.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions

  1.  Why are bits of hay put underneath the tablecloth at the traditional Christmas meal in Poland?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in Poland
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//poland.html
     
  2. Who first brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to England?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in Britain
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/britain.html
     
  3. What do families in Armenia do after attending Christmas Eve church service?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Armenia
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/armenia.html
     
  4. What decoration is usually put on the top of Christmas trees in the United States? 
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in the USA
    http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/around/unitedstates.html
     
  5. What is Christmas called in Zimbabwe?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Zimbabwe
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/zimbabwe.html
     
  6. What is the name of the traditional pudding made in Scotland for Christmas?
    Internet Resource:  A Scottish Christmas
    http://www.zuzu.org/scot.html
     
  7. Name two popular decorations for nativity scenes in Costa Rica.
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Costa Rica
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/costarica.html
     
  8. In small towns and villages of  New Zealand, how does Santa travel to visit children on Christmas morning?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in New Zealand
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/newzealand.html
     
  9. Since the first and second world wars, turkey has been the popular choice for Christmas meals in Malta.  What bird was commonly used before the wars?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Malta
    http://www.searchmalta.com/christmas/dream.shtml
     
  10. On Christmas Day in Ecuador people who live in the mountains dress in their finest clothes and visit the ranches of their employers. What kind of animals do they ride there?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Ecuador
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/ecuador.html
     
  11. By tradition, groups of children in Romania travel from house to house singing carols and reciting poetry during the Christmas season.  What does the leader of each group carry and how is it decorated?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Romania
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//romania.html
     
  12. The dessert at a traditional Christmas feast in Denmark is a special rice pudding with something hidden in it.  What is hidden and brings good luck to the one who finds it?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Denmark
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//denmark.html
     
  13. What item do people carry as they enter the church for Christmas services in Ethiopia?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Ethiopia
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com/ethiopia.html
     
  14. The traditional Christmas Eve supper in Poland consists of 12 dishes.  What do these 12 dishes represent?
    Internet Resource:  Polish Christmas Traditions
    http://www.polishworld.com/christmas/food.htm
     
  15. A familiar tradition in Norway involves putting a bowl of rice pudding out for the barn elf.  Why is this done? 
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Norway
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//norway.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions

  1.  What do people in Spain do after midnight mass on Christmas Eve?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in Spain
    http://www.santas.net/spanishchristmas.htm
     
  2. How does Santa Claus travel from home to home in the United States?
    Internet Resource: Christmas in the USA
    http://www.californiamall.com/holidaytraditions/traditions-america.htm 
     
  3. What does Santa ask when he knocks on the door on Christmas Eve in Finland?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Finland
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//finland.html
     
  4. What holiday is celebrated the day after Christmas in Ireland?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Ireland
    http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/around/ireland.html
     
  5. Why is cotton used to decorate Christmas trees in Argentina?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Argentina
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//argentina.html
     
  6. What is the traditional last song when Australians get together to sing Christmas carols?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Australia
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//australia.html
     
  7. What famous Christmas song was written in Austria?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Austria
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//austria.html
     
  8. Where does Father Noel live, according to Brazilian tradition?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Brazil
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//brazil.html
     
  9. What is the first day for displaying Christmas decorations in Guyana?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Guyana
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//guyana.html
     
  10. What do Grenadans do when they participate in the parang tradition at Christmas time?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Grenada
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//grenada.html
     
  11. Who delivers gifts to children in Nicaragua during the holiday season?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Nicaragua
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//nicaragua.html
     
  12. Why is it considered bad luck in Scotland to let the fire go out on Christmas Eve?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Scotland
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//scotland.html
     
  13. What do many Ukranian families spread on their floor during the Christmas season?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Ukraine
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//ukraine.html
     
  14. What instrument is often used to accompany carolers in Wales?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Wales
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//wales.html
     
  15. What happens on Fridays during the weeks before Christmas in Denmark?
    Internet Resource:  Christmas in Denmark
    http://christmas-world.freeservers.com//denmark.html