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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Merry Christmas! Top 10 Christmas Movies 7 Unique Christmas Traditions Around the World Urkraine: There's a legend that a poor widow found a Christmas tree growing in her yard, however the family was too poor to decorate it. When the family woke up Christmas moring a spider had spun a web around the tree, decorating it for the family. When the sunlight hit the web it turned to silver and gold. Today wooden/plastic spider webs are hidden in the tree and whoever finds it on Christmas day willhave good luck that year. Norway: On Christmas Eve, families hide all their brooms, so that witches and other evil spirits flying around don't come steal them during the night. Japan: Although Christmas is not a celebrated holiday,thanks to a successful advertising campaign, on ChristmasEve many families gather at KFC restuarants to have a family dinner. Balkan Countries (Austria, Germany, Hungary, etc): Krampus, a beast-like creature, serves as the opposite to Santa and shows up in order to punish the ill-behaved. For the children deemed well-behaved, they are visitedby Santa and given gifts. In December, young people dress up as Krampus and walk the streets scaring children. Italy: In place of Santa, gifts are delivered by a witch, La Befana. She arrives on Christmas with traditional holiday candies and fruits, or coal and garlic for the naughty children. Families leave her a glass of wine, and if you were extra nice, she'll sweep your floor before flying away on her broomstick. Spain: Although started in Catalonia, residents throughout Spain include figurines of a defecating man called a Caganer in their nativity scenes. This figure is believed to be replenishing the soil to ensure a good harvest for the coming year. Additionally, families create a Tió de Nadal or "pooping log." The log is decorated with a face while the back-end is covered with a blanket, and then filled with treats and toys. On Christmas children sing a song while beating the log with sticks to release the treats inside. Brazilian: Feliz Natal! Chinese- Catonese: Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun! German: Fröhliche Weihnachten! Greek: Kala Christouyenna! Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie! Hindi (Good New Year): Shub Naya Baras! Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom! Spanish: Feliz Navidad! Japanese: Shinnen Omedeto! French: Joyeux Noel! Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai! Chinese- Mandarin: Sheng Dan Kuai Le! African/Eritrean/Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats! Merry Christmas in 14 different languages 1. It's a Wonderful Life2. The Gathering3. Christmas Carol (1984)4. The Bishops Wife5. A Christmas Story6. Christmas Carol (1951)7. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation8. Miracle on 34th Street9. Remember the Night10. Home Alone Celebrating Christmas Around the World Track Santa on Christmas Eve Denmark: Residents believe there is a mischievous elf, Nisse, who comes out to play jokes on families. On Christmas Eve a bowl of rice pudding is left out for Nisse in hopes his jokes will be limited. Dutch: Zalig Kerstfeast!
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