Christmas Around the World

Christmas in Spain

Most people in Spain go to  Midnight Mass or "La Misa Del Gallo". Most families eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve before the service. After the service, people walk throught the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums. The traditional Spanish Christmas dinner is "Pavo Trugado de Navidad" which is Turkey stuffed with mushrooms.  Children have some presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epighany (celebrated on January 6).

Christmas in China

In China, only about one percent of people are Christians, so most people only know a few things about Christmas. Christmas is only often celebrated in the major cities. Santa Claus is called "Shen Dan Lao Ren". People give apples on Christmas Eve because in Chinese Christmas is called " Ping An Ye" (which means quiet or silent night) and the word for apple is "Ping Guo" which sounds similar.

Christmas in Egypt

Christmas Day isn't celebrated on the 25th December but on the 7th of January. The Coptic month leading to Christmas is called Kiahk. People sing special praise songs on Saturday nights before the Sunday Service. Santa is called Baba Noel (meaning Father Christmas).

Christmas in Jamaica

Christmas is a very special time in Jamaica. Lots of people paint their houses and hang new curtains and decorations for Christmas. Most families spend Christmas Day at home with friends and family members.