Christmas Around the World

Have you ever wondered how people around the world celebrate Christmas? There are lots and lots of traditions from other countries that you may recognize from your own family's celebrations, such as decorating a tree or a visit from Santa Claus, but just where did these traditions come from?

If Santa Claus has ever visited your house, then you'll be excited to learn The Legend of Saint Nicholas, about the celebration that happens on December 6, when "Santa Claus" visits children in Germany and fills their shoes with small gifts and candy.

Many Hispanic households celebrate Las Posadas, the nine-day festival that re-enacts Mary and Joseph's trip to Bethlehem. Follow along as the children visit different "inns" each night and celebrate with food, art and songs.

What would Christmas be without a tree? In O Christmas Tree, you'll find out the origin of this tradition as well as the different ways cultures throughout history have used the tree to decorate and how these special trees are grown today.

Celebrate Christmas describes even more ways the people observe Christmas around the world.

What are some of your family's holiday traditions?

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