Dear Ace Students,
Hi everyone, Christmas is coming to town.
Can you imagine how quickly the 11 months passed by.
It was just last year in December, when I shared you how Philippines celebrates Christmas and New Year holidays.
But, do you know that the first recorded incidence of Christmas was celebrated way back in Rome in 336.
I would like to share you the unusual Christmas tradition from other countries including Japan.
Although Christmas isn't a national holiday in Japan,
families from all over the country head to their local KFC for a special Christmas Eve meal.
In Germany, a pickle on the Christmas tree is a tradition.
In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, it is customary to travel to early-morning church services
during the festival period on roller skates, roads are even cleared to provide Christmas worshippers with a safe passage.
In Finland Christmas sauna is perhaps one of the oldest Christmas traditions.
Traditionally, all the family members bathe in a sauna on the Christmas Eve in the afternoon.
In Italy, According to folklore, instead of Santa, an old woman named Belfana visits all the children
to fill their stockings with candy and leave them presents if they've been good.
According to Norwegian folklore, Christmas Eve is the day when mischievous spirits
and witches take to the skies for mischief and general tomfoolery.
It’s tradition for Norwegian families to hide away any sweeping sticks where the witches won' be able to find them.
In Sweden, people believed the Yule goat to be an invisible spirit
that would appear before Christmas to make sure that the holiday preparations were done correctly.
The goat eventually took on the role of a gift giver and is sometimes seen in place of or alongside Santa, who is called Jultomten.