Blue Umbrella Official Blue Umbrella Winter 2018 Issue - Page 13

Tradi ti ons h e Gl obe 4) During Saint Nicholas day in Ger m an y, St. Nicholas travels by donkey in the middle of the night. He leaves treats such as coins, chocolate, oranges, or toys in the shoes of good children across Germany. St. Nicholas also visits children in school or at home, where, in exchange for sweets or presents, each child must deliver a poem, sing a song, or draw a picture. decorations include the boots of Father Christmas as well as red and white flowers. People also place cotton on Christmas trees to mimic snow. Another interesting fact about Argentina is that most family assemblies take place on Christmas Eve, which is celebrated with massive feasts, gifts exchanged at midnight, and children going to sleep to the sound of fireworks. 5) Every Christmas Eve at Caracas, Ven ezu ela, the city?s residents head to church on roller skates in the early morning. This special tradition is so popular that roads across the city are closed to cars so that people can skate to church safely. 8) In Uk r ain e, Christmas trees aren?t decorated with tinsel and ornaments; rather, they are covered with mock spiders and cobwebs. 6) In the Marshall Islands, people prepare for Christmas months in advance, storing gifts and dividing into jeptas, or teams, that hold song-and-dance clashes on Christmas Day. They also build a piƱata-like wojke containing small presents (matches, money, soap) for God. 7) In Argent ina, standard Christmas 9) In Peru, December 24th, which is known as La Noche Buena (?the Good Night?), is the main day for celebrations. The most important decorations are pesebre: complex nativity scenes carved from wood or stone. Gifts are spread around the manger instead of around a Christmas tree. It is thought to be lucky to be the one to put the figurine of baby Jesus into this manger on Christmas Eve. 13