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Christmas is the holiday that most people, around the world, wait for every year. In fact, each country celebrates this merry holiday in a different way; some start the celebrations months ahead, and others might not even celebrate it. Moreover, unexpected ways in celebrating Christmas occur in each country, and here are the most unique Christmas traditions from around the world.

The Philippines

In fact, the Philippines is the third largest country in the world, and no other country celebrates this holiday quite like Filipinos do. In fact, over there, they immediately replace Halloween decorations with Christmas lights and start the celebrations in September; which makes it the longest Christmas celebration in the world, starting in September, and ending in January. In addition, you will see all the windows decorated by star shaped lanterns that are named after the Spanish word for lantern, farol.

Sweden

The Yule Log is a custom that happens each year in European-derived Christmas traditions. In fact, a Yule Log is a cake that has the shape of a tree branch, filled with cream, and covered in order to look like an actual tree branch. However in Sweden, they have the tradition of Yule Goat, which is made of animal products as well as, surprisingly, straws. Merry Christmas in Swedish is “God Jul.”

Finland

In Finland, a myth says that, Reindeer run rampant in Finnish Lapland and Joulupukki makes his home where those same reindeer roam. But it’s not all snowflakes and cookies on Christmas Eve, when at noon the Declaration of Christmas Peace is read in a formal ceremony in South Finland. Moreover, in Finland, people wish each other “Hyvää Joulua” on Christmas.

France

In France, French people stay awake all the night in order to celebrate. In fact, celebrations include delicious food. “This means essentially gathering with friends, often a dozen or more, and enjoying a multi-course dinner, in company of many bottles of wine and much champagne,”

 

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