Wales is where we will go for Day 6 of Christmas traditions around the world. The celebration of Mari Lwyd (caroling with dead horses) is not a particular date. However it does take place between Christmas and late January. One person will dress as a horse with an actual horse skull and is usually accompanied [...]
Mexico is where we will be for Day 5. Posadas Piñatas In Mexico the Christmas festivities begin with a series of 9 parties from December 16-24. The posada's consist of a reenactment of Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem and finding no room at the inn. At the party, Christmas carols are sung, and a [...]
Lets visit Japan for Day 4! So Christmas isn't really celebrated in Japan but Kentucky Fried Chicken is! Yes, since 1974, instead of having a homemade Christmas dinner it is a tradition to have KFC on December 25. An employee of Japan Airlines shows off a plate of 'AIR Kentucky Fried Chicken' at a [...]
For Day 3 we will visit Colombia! On December 7 Little Candles' Day (Dia de las Velitas) is celebrated as the start of the Christmas season across Colombia. People place candles and beautiful paper lanterns in their windows, balconies and front yards in honor of the Virgin Mary and the eve of immaculate conception. What [...]
For day 2 we will visit Sweden! Sven Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images St. Lucia is an annual candlelit procession on December 13th. Swedish girls where white full-length gowns and sing songs together. One girl selected as "Lucia" who wears a crown a lit candles. The Lucia celebrations include ginger snaps and [...]
For the "12 Days of Christmas" we'd like to showcase some traditions from around the world. In the village of Joanetes in northeastern Catalonia (part of Spain) has been showcasing a living natively scene since 1983. Click here for more information about this great tradition that involves all 320 inhabitants of this small village. [...]
Celebrating the first day of school is definitely taken up a notch in Germany. Check out the following video to see how families in Germany celebrate the first day of school.
Friday February 16th is Chinese New Year. Min C. an au pair in Washington DC shared this great post on the special foods that are served during the Chinese New Year. Tang-yuan Tang-yuan (dumplings made of sweet rice, rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or spicy fillings) is what most southern families have [...]