The elaborate tradition called Wigilia is celebrated in Poland. Beginning on Christmas Eve, a strict 24-hour fast is observed. Learn about sinking trees and rolling eggs.
The Saturnalia was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for only a day. Learn more about this holiday from our Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill.
It is from Scandinavia that most of our yule log traditions came from.
Christmas is celebrated in a deeply religious way in South America. The main focus of the
season throughout the continent is the presepio ("the manger").
Santa Claus is known by British children as Father Christmas.
Decorating homes with Christmas trees, wreaths, and ornaments is part of the holiday traditions.
Venezuelans attend a daily early morning church service between December 16th and 24th called Misa de Aguinaldo ("Early Morning Mass.")
In Wales, people have carolling contests during the weeks before Christmas.