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Monthly Archives: December 2010

As the holiday season draws near, its fun to reminisce about old memories and all the exciting holiday traditions taking place around us. Some of our holiday favorites include the beautiful music that’s sure to put anyone in the spirit, along with the delicious holiday cookies, candies, breads, eggnog, and so many more amazing treats. Another favorite is the twinkling lights, and decorations that fill the neighborhoods and homes everywhere.

These are some of the holiday traditions we celebrate here in the United States, but other countries have their own special holiday customs. Here are some fun facts about how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world.

England: The English gift giver is called Father Christmas, and is known for his long red and green robe. Children place empty stockings or pillowcases at the end of their beds in hopes they will be filled with presents on Christmas day. On Christmas Eve, people only eat Frumenty, which is now known as plum pudding.

Germany: Christmas preparations often begin on December 6th, and include the creation of beautiful gingerbread houses, and cookies. It is tradition that the last ornament to be placed on the tree is the Christmas Pickle. It’s hidden within the tree, and the first child to find it receives an extra present.

South Africa: Christmas falls in the middle of summer, making beaches, rivers, and shaded mountain slopes an irresistible spot to spend the day. Many Christmas dinners are eaten outside and include turkey, roast beef, or suckling pig. Also, they feast on rice with raisins, vegetables, crackers, and plum pudding.

Mexico: Children often receive gifts, but not from Santa Claus. They are blind folded and taken to break a decorative clay piñata. Also, children who have been good all year, receive gifts from the Three Wise Men on January 6th.

No matter what traditions you follow or how your family spends the holidays, we at Broughton Hotels of Chicago want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!