In Italy, Christmas is one of the most awaited parties for both adults and children. The children write letters to Santa Claus to receive gifts and sweets and even adults exchange gifts and wishes. Christmas parties are an excellent opportunity to stay with family and friends, finding themselves in front of a good dinner and a glass of Franciacorta wine.
But is it so also in the rest of the world? Let's find out the Christmas traditions
- CHRISTMAS IN GREAT BRITAIN
Even in England Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year; for children, Christmas begins in November when they usually start to write the list of desired gifts and the shops are dressed for parties. From 1 December the Advent calendar begins and two weeks before Christmas, even the houses are decorated with bows and lights. Christmas Day is spent in the family, preparing one of the most traditional desserts: Christmas Pudding;
During Christmas lunch every diner finds a Christmas cracker, a small paper tube closed at the ends like a candy. Tradition has it that everyone has to cross his arms holding his Christmas cracker with his right hand and handing the other end to the person on his left, pulling together to open the tube! Inside there are usually small jokes or games to do all together at the table!
At exactly 15.00 the families meet in front of the TV to follow the traditional speech of the Queen and at 6.00 pm the Christmas tea is organized, a second binge with savory pastries and sandwiches in true British style!
- CHRISTMAS IN GERMANY
Germany boasts many ancient Christmas traditions that start already from the day of St. Martin which also corresponds with the first day of the Cologne carnival. On December 6th, the day of St. Nicholas, children receive sweets, chocolates and spicy sandwiches and during the Advent season candles light up the balconies of the houses.
Traditionally, the tree is decorated on December 24th and in the night the Christkind (baby jesus) arrives to bring gifts to the children who were good during the year. On this day the table is carefully prepared and the typical dishes are the roast goose or the blue goat.
- CHRISTMAS IN SWEDEN
Swedish traditions are very different from those of the rest of Europe, as well as Christmas. In Sweden the Christmas season begins with the day of Saint Lucia, December 13th. In each family, the eldest daughter dresses up like Santa Lucia in a white robe with a red belt and puts a wreath on her head with candles; in this way we relive the tradition and we pay homage to the family with sweets and candies.
Swedish Christmas is experienced as an intimate moment to be spent alone with the family; the houses are decorated with colorful flowers, straw details and symbols made with spicy bread. Children use the Advent calendar to wait for Christmas and the tree is decorated only on the evening of December 24th.
The Christmas menu includes rice, sausage and mashed potatoes. After dinner, the family performs in traditional group dances and it is only at this moment that Santa Claus arrives with his gifts.