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Christmas The origin and the name given to this celebration are different depending on the country. The masses of Christ, held by English evangelists in December, gave birth to the English word "Christmas".
Taking place in the last few days of December, this holiday is not celebrated in the same way in every country. There are many symbols attached to this holiday in Europe, and each country has kept its own identity and traditions, while enriching them with influences form various other sources.
This diversity and richness prove the importance given by Europeans to the Christmas holiday. Here are some exemples Advent, its crown and its calendar Advent corresponds to the four-week period that precedes "the arrival" adventus in Latin of baby Jesus, that is Christmas.
These celebrations sometimes become more important than Christmas itself.
The Advent Crown The Advent Crown, made of woven fir branches and four candles, representing the four seasons of the year, appeared quite late in the Protestant regions of Germany.
It reached Scandinavia before spreading to various other countries.
The four candles are lit one by one, on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Thus, in order to feel that they have less time to wait, children are given an Advent Calendar at the beginning of December, which has twenty four little doors.
Every evening, they open one door, the last one being opened on Christmas Eve, just before the arrival of Santa Claus. Originally, the closed doors hid pious images that have been replaced nowadays with sweets.
The first Advent Calendar is thought to date back to The Christmas tree The evergreen Christmas tree, like ivy and holly, is the symbol of eternal life. This tradition is first mentioned in the 16th century, in Alsace; but as early as the 11th century, the houses seem to have been decorated with "greenery taken from trees".
Very early on, the Christmas tree was covered with various decorations and candles to light it up when Christmas came. In Hungary for exemple, the tree is decorated with biscuits, sweets and chocolates, which can be eaten from December 24, making sure that the coloured wrappers are not removed, so as not to leave the tree bare.
In the 18th century, the Christmas tree reached the whole of Germany, and then spread to many other countries.
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However, certain countries, such as Italy and Spain, were long reluctant to adopt this tradition. In Greece, the Christmas tree does not exist, but people grow a Christmas rose called Ellebore.
The Christmas crib The Christmas crib, which reminds us of the Nativity, first appeared in Italy and underwent considerable development in other southern Catholic countries of Europe Spain, Portugal as well as in France and Southern Germany after the 13th century.
In the Early Middle Ages, cribs were set up in churches and liturgical games Nativity games were organised on Christmas night. Set up in a cave, or more modestly, in a stable, the traditional crib gradually became commonplace in the homes of churchgoers.
At that time, it included only the main characters: However, in certain countries, other characters are traditionally included in the Nativity scene. This is particulary the case in Poland, where national heroes, represented by small figurines, are included alongside the crib characters. Moreover, the French Jean-Louis Lagnel invented in the18th century, small clay figurines, very colourful, representing little characters from the south of France, that are included in the Nativity scene.
These are known as the Santons de Provence and have been since quite popular. The oldest are those taking place in Vienna in Austria and Munich in Germany.
InStrasbourg organised its first Christmas Market. Christmas Markets bring the opportunity to discover various culinary specialities, as well as Christmas decorations, cribs and other objects made by craftsmen. They bring a holiday atmosphere to cities, waiting for Christmas Day.
Gifts Since ancient times, the Romans would give each other gifts dring the Saturnales festival in honour of Saturn, celebrated in Ancient Rome at the winter solstice. This holiday is much more important than Christmas itself. TV channels even broadcast Saint Nicholas' arrival!
Sinterklaas is said to live in Spain, and spend a good part of the year checking up on the behaviour of Dutch children.Food in Spain Eating out in Spain is relatively cheap and meals are usually substantial instead of gourmet. The Spanish tradition of tapas is a good way to sample the local food.
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Named "Hogueras" (bonfires), this tradition originated long before Christmas itself. It is the observance of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and. You will get 7 Easy Lessons about the Wise Traditions Diet.
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Many Spanish have their main celebratory meal on Christmas Eve, while another special . Though a traditional Christmas food, it seems that polvorones and mantecados are becoming less and less popular with each passing year, but tradition is tradition!
Roscón de Reyes Although not celebrated in America, and at most a day on the Church calendar, in Spain the traditional gift-giving day in the 6 th of January.