Sunday, December 14, 2014
Children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings. In some countries children have similar customs, in France the children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes.
The German Christmas season officially begins with the first Sunday of Advent. Stollen, the oldest known German Christmas treat, and Christmas cookies (Plätzchen) are often baked during this time. Gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, hand-carved wooden Nutcracker figures (Nussknacker), Christmas pyramids (Weihnachtspyramiden), and lighted city streets and homes are all signs that Christmas is on its way.
In Holland the children fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill.
Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. And in Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings.
What is your Holiday tradition?
Most of my Christmas traditions that I remember was when I was a kid. As a really young child, my parents decorated the tree Christmas Eve, after I went to bed. I did get to open one gift on Christmas Eve...usually pajamas. I also always got a doll.
Now my DH and I don't have a tradition. The family is smaller and we don't get together like we used to. I think we are going to his cousin's house for dinner, so it is nice to get together with the ones we do see.