Celebrating Christmas Around the World | #WeAreInternational


I grew up with American or British movies, and they’re, you know, we were told that Santa give presents. But parents kept telling us, no, no, in Slovakia, it’s Jesus. So, yeah, we were told that Jesus brings us the presents. The day before Christmas so on Christmas eve, we put our shoes near the fireplace and then he brings you money but like it’s your parents or your grandparents. Or both! You put two or three shoes. For a meal, we have fried carp, the fish that lives in mud. And it’s a fried carp with potato salad. And sometimes people don’t like carp, like me, so you can have a chicken schnitzel instead. And actually, fun fact about the carp, people buy it alive and then they place it in their bathtub and keep it there for a few days or even weeks until it’s ready for Christmas and then kill it, which is a bit sad. I celebrate Christmas by going back to see my family, going back to see the friends that I haven’t seen since summer or some that I haven’t seen since being in sixth form. It’s going to pubs and singing the same five Christmas songs that we sing every single year and singing it an hour apart in every pub and each time being as excited as the last. We usually only get one present and it’s really beautifully decorated. It isn’t just a box with a ribbon around, it’s completely hidden. My sister, for example, this year she made a space rocket, which was about this size that the boy could actually step into, put his head through the door and pretend he was a real astronaut. And then somewhere in that box, the real present will be hidden. And then there’s usually a poem that’s accompanying the gift. So in Germany, you usually celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December, where we also get the Christmas presents from what we call Weihnachtsmann. And we usually have the main meal also on the 24th which is… The most common meal is usually potato salad and sausages. But my family’s usually made fondue. We gather together for tea and we eat a lot of food and then the next morning on Christmas Day, we also gather together with the rest of the family, more uncles and aunties come around and then you have another large meal and after that, you’re literally stuffed for the rest of the winter. You’re supposed to leave fish scales underneath your plate and that’s supposed to, during the dinner, and that’s supposed to bring you happiness and wealth the whole next year. Also, what some people do on the 24th before the dinner, they fast. They don’t eat anything the whole day before the dinner. And then they’re hoping they’re going to see a golden piglet on the wall like a hallucination. And then that means that they’re going to be wealthy and happy and healthy the next year. Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo Καλά Χριστούγεννα και Καλή Χρονιά Veselé Vianoce a šťastný nový rok Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Veselé Vánoce a šťastný nový rok *woo* *laughs*

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