Christmas is the time of joy, gifts and celebration. It has been celebrated for centuries now and there are many Christmas traditions that are being followed till today. While some of these traditions vary with cultures and countries, there are some Christmas traditions around the world that are the same. Here are some such popular Christmas traditions that are followed every year across the globe during Christmas.
Popular Christmas Traditions All Over The World
- Sending Christmas Blessings and Wishes: Christmas greeting card messages are probably the most popular Christmas traditions. Many people prefer wishing their dear ones through personalized greeting cards. Exchanging cards during Christmas has been practiced for centuries now and it still remains a popular tradition.
- Singing Christmas Carols: This tradition is known to have begun in England. Back then musicians who traveled throughout the year visited rich families during Christmas and sang for them hoping for food in return. This is how the tradition started and is has become a compulsion today. Men, women and kids come together on Christmas to sing and recite carols every year.
- Santa Claus: Visiting of Santa Claus is one of the most popular as well as the most adored Christmas traditions of all. Children in every country believe that Santa Claus will visit with gifts for them on Christmas Eve but only if they have been good. Santa Claus is like an incentive for them to stay good and do well all year long.
- Hanging Mistletoes: This tradition dates back to the Victorian era. It revolves around the belief that mistletoe enhances fertility because of its mystical powers. It is thus hung from doorways and ceilings. According to the tradition, when someone ends up standing under the mistletoe, another person in the house should kiss them.
- Hanging Christmas Socks: This tradition is a favorite among kids. They hang socks from their beds and expect small gifts such as trinkets and other jewelry pieces. This tradition has a history of a particular monk that saved the lives of three girls who had no money. The girls need to pay dowries and were going to be sold. The monk rescued them by perching on a roof top and throwing money from there. The gold landed in the chimneys, stockings and window sills.
There are many such Christmas traditions that are followed today and no Christmas is complete without these amazing, enjoyable and historical traditions. Indeed, it is thanks to these traditions that people stay connected to each other, exchange gifts and cards and have a great time together.