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Boxing Day, the day after Christmas Day is celebrated in some countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand.  Have you ever wondered why 26 December is known as Boxing Day? There are a few variations to the origins of Boxing Day:   Boxing Day was said to originate some 800 years ago in the UK where the churches’ alms boxes, ...

In the last part of our Christmas Celebrations around the World series, we look at the country which is closely associated with Santa Claus or some may call him Father Christmas.  It’s none other than Finland! It is believed that Santa Claus resides in the northern part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), which is the north of the Arctic ...

Many a times we have seen Christmas stockings as part of the decorations in the malls or there could even be some Christmas stockings adorning the fire place or walls in your house.  Have you ever wondered what is the origin and tradition behind Christmas stockings?   Legend has it that the Christmas stockings story is about the very kind ...

For this 3rd part of our Christmas series, we will look at how the people of Croatia celebrate Christmas.   Christmas starts on December 5, eve of St Nicholas, for the Croatians but for some the Christmas preparations can start as early as on November 25 which is St Catherine’s Day.   Croatian children start their Christmas celebration on December ...

During many Christmas gatherings what is the one dessert that is most commonly seen on the dinner table?  It’s none other than the log cake.  Some of you might have wondered why log cake?  Why is it not a star-shaped cake or reindeer design? In the Nordic region they have a tradition of burning Yule Log back in the medieval ...

Last week we looked at how Filipinos celebrate Christmas in the Philippines.  This week we look at how Ukrainians celebrate this joyous festival in their country.   Instead of celebrating Christmas on 25th December like the rest of the world, Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on 7th January.  This is because they use the old ‘Julian’ calendar for their church festivals.   ...

When we mention Christmas colours, what colours do you think of?  Many people will think of the colours green and red.  You may be wondering how this colour combo got associated with Christmas. Word has it that it originated from centuries ago when the ancient Celtic people valued red and green coloured holly plants for being evergreen and they believe ...

In the lead up to Christmas in 4 weeks’ time, we share with you some unique Christmas celebrations that some countries have.   In this first part of our Christmas Celebrations around the World series, we look at how the third-largest Catholic nation in the world Philippines celebrates Christmas.   The Philippines is known for celebrating the Christmas for a ...