All over the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities vary from country to country. We have listed some traditions over the different countries.
Christmas Traditions in England
On Christmas morning the first thing to do is to open the gifts under the tree and make as much mess as you possibly can with all the wrapping paper! Then, families go to church for the morning service to give thanks. Later, families have Christmas dinner which is usually between 2pm and 4pm in the afternoon. The Christmas table is decorated with festive candles and crackers, and people usually use their best dinner service. Christmas is very much a time for families to be together, so everyone gathers for the Christmas meal. Staying in England this Xmas? You may want to hire a car in London
and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and explore the countryside.
Christmas Traditions in Spain
Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) is the most important family gathering of the year. Spanish families have one of the most important meals of the year which is never eaten before midnight. Santa is not a tradition in Spain, but recently Papa Noel has been getting more popular and children will get some gifts. People will spend the night singing Christmas songs. Christmas Day in Spain is one of the quietest of the year it is not a day of great celebration but rather a calm day when people go out for a walk, drop into a bar, etc. Another large family meal at lunchtime is common though it's becoming more common to see families eating out on the afternoon of Christmas day. A trip to Spain could be the perfect Christmas gift! Barcelona is a very popular city to spend Xmas. Pick up a car hire in Barcelona
and visit other villages in the surroundings to experience local Xmas traditions.
Christmas Traditions in USA
On Christmas day Americans visit family and friends and share gifts and greetings. In some regions, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass is the most important part of the festival season. Since it snows in many states on Christmas, dinner is usually set indoors. Christmas decoration in America generally include holly and mistletoe along with Christmas trees decorated with tinsel, baubles, popcorn strings, candy canes and electric lights. Travelling to USA to celebrate Xmas? Pick up a car hire in Miami
and explore the fantastic state of Florida.