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Stockings, Santa Claus, and glittering pine trees are all part of the Christmas story. However, the holidays can be very different from one country to another.

From Europe to Asia to the depths of Antarctica, here’s how Christmas is celebrated in nine places around the world — and one place orbitingAround the globe

Croatia

Children in some European countries believe that St. Nicholas will leave chocolates or gifts inside their shoes for those who behave well. Krampus, the monster-like Krampus may leave coal, or dry twigs.

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Antonio Zdunich was born in Croatia. He said, “As an infant I used to leave a shoe out on the window.” “Someone would stuff it with candy or gifts during the night. I would then wake up feeling happy.”

He said that many families in Croatia have started to plant wheat Dec. 13, believing it will grow well and be a prosperous year.

Sweden

According to Patrik, a Swede from Sweden, Christmas is celebrated in Sweden and people exchange gifts.

Sweden’s number one television station, Sweden, regularly watches the Disney special “From All of Us to All of You”, which competes only with Sweden’s attempt-outs in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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They can also celebrate Donald Duck. Last year, more than 4.5 million people — almost half of Sweden’s population — watched The 1958 Disney Disney special, “From All of Us – All of You,” was reported by The Local. It is an English-language European news agency. Since 1959, the show has been aired every year there.

This time of year, popular foods include meatballs (ham), smoked salmon or marinated salmon, pickled herring, and potato-anchovy casserole. Jansson’s temptation, said Kerttu.

India

Although celebrations may vary in each part of India, Indian Christian families often combine Western traditions with unique customs.

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Isha Meleth (Christian, from Kerala in South India) said that Christmas is an important holiday for her family. “We make a Christmas crib.” [nativity scene]On Christmas Eve, in front of our house

Meleth stated that two popular Christmas dishes include kheer (a sweet milk pudding) and kallappam (a coconut-rice pancake).

Japan

Japan’s Christmas celebrations are primarily secular.

Japanese are very popular celebrate the holiday much like Valentine’s DayJR Pass, an Japanese rail travel company, reports that couples often spend the day together. Many people enjoy going out for dinner with their partner and walking around the Christmas lights.

One of the most discussed traditions — at least outside of Japan — is the culture’s fascination with having fried chicken for Christmas, often from the U.S. fast food chain KFC.

KFC was the Japanese custom of having KFC for Christmas. It is believed that this was because turkey was not available in Japan. According to a representative of KFC Japan, this was the reason why they decided to make it a Christmas meal.

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Tatsuya Nguchi of KFC Japan, stated that “Kentucky Christmas”, a holiday marketing campaign launched in 1974, which is still celebrated today by millions.

Noguchi said that the pre-orders are made for items like “Party Barrel”, or “Christmas Pack” seven weeks before delivery. He said that the restaurant chain sees its best sales between December 23rd and 25.

“Every year, the busiest day is Dec. 24 — which is about five to 10 times busier than the annual average,” said Noguchi.

Philippines

Some 92% of the Philippines’ 110 million people are Christian. Christmas is the most important time of the year in the Philippines, and the country is said to celebrate the holiday longer than anywhere else — from September to January.

Siena Klinzing (half-Filipino) said that Nochebuena is an important celebration in my Filipino family. This involves spending time with your family and enjoying a huge feast.

Many Filipino families believe Christmas would not be complete without lechon. This is a whole crispy-skinned roasted porc.

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According to her, the family is up just like New Year’s Eve so they can wish everyone Merry Christmas as soon as midnight strikes, she said.

Simbang Gabi (which means “mass in the night”) is an important tradition. This involves people getting up at dawn and attending mass nine days, Dec. 16-24. Klinzing explained that people who have completed all nine days of the period can request a blessing.

United Arab Emirates

Although Islam is the UAE’s official religion, some areas of the UAE celebrate Christmas.

This is especially true in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which have large expat populations.

Dubai hosts large and elaborately decorated Christmas trees that are lit at night.

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Malls and hotels are often heavily decoratedVisit Dubai is the official site for tourism in Dubai.

Christmas performances, Christmas markets and holiday menus in restaurants are all common throughout December.

Mexico

Mexico celebrates Christmas with large parades, colorful costumes, and candy-filled pinatas.. Las Posadas is one of the most beloved traditions in the country. It’s a nine-day celebration leading up to Christmas.

Costumed dancers take part in traditional New Year and Christmas parades in Chilpancingo (a Mexican city located in Guerrero).

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“Every night people form a song procession meant to symbolize Mary’s and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.” Mexican food blogger Mely Martinez.

These processions usually end at someone’s home, where they all gather for food like Christmas punch, tamales and candy. Martinez mentioned that other Christmas favorites include pozole, bunuelos (sweet fried dough) and champurrado (hot chocolate).

Kenya

For many Kenyans, Christmas marks a period of migration. Many people migrate to Kenyan cities, such as Nairobi’s capital, in December to find their family members.

Legio Maria is a faith movement among Luo peoples in west Kenya. It held an overnight mass for Christmas near Ugunja Kenya on December 25, 2017.

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Shikriti Mandal, a Kenyan-born woman who was raised in Kenya, stated that most churches have a Christmas Eve night vigil where they sing hymns and carols for hours.

Mandal said that Christmas Day is a time when friends and families gather to enjoy a meal, which may include barbecued lamb or goat meat.

Antarctica

At the moment, there are 70 stations of permanent research at South Pole that represent 29 countries. according to Oceanwide ExpeditionsCompany that offers Arctic and Antarctic tours.

Stations find innovative ways to share Christmas cheer among their colleagues, since the Christmas commotion is absent.

On Christmas Eve, a man dressed up as Santa Claus will visit the Cruise Ship Seabourn Quest at Cuverville Island.

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Kathleen Maclean from the British Antarctic Survey said that each of five Antarctic stations has its own Christmas celebrations. This is dependent on weather conditions. Some might roast a turkey, eat frozen and canned vegetables and others may sing carols or play board game, she explained.

Maclean stated that despite the celebrations, research is continuing because “long-term monitoring information still needs to be gathered.”

International Space Station

So Christmas spirit is it that people have created a 227-nautical mile (420 km) celebration above Earth.

NASA website states that astronauts are available for hire aboard the International Space Center have celebrated Christmas, Hanukah and New YearsOver the years we’ve developed some traditions.

Celebrate the ISS by decorating it and enjoying traditional food in plastic bags. turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and cookiesFilming holiday greetings videos that are then sent back to Earth,

Because Christmas falls on January 7, on Russia’s Orthodox calendar which is widely followed by many Russian astronauts, it also occurs twice on the Space Station.

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