Germany: The Christmas Pickle The last ornament that is put on the tree is a glass pickle, which is hidden in the branches. On Christmas morning, the first child who finds the pickle ornament receives an extra present.
Lithuania: Sing For Your Supper In order to receive their gifts, children must perform a song or dance.
United Kingdom? Crackers Crackers are short cardboard tubes wrapped in colorful paper. They are typically set next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table. When the crackers are pulled - with a bang! - a toy or gift and a festive joke fall out! christmas celebrators with their cracker hats
Denmark: "Cut and Paste Day" Family and friends gather together for an afternoon of cutting and pasting to create tree ornaments. Everyone brings scissors, glue, colored paper, and a variety of materials. Hearts are a favorite for they symbolize love and family warmth.
Spain: Luminarios These festive lights are made by partly filling paper bags with sand and inserting a candle in each bag. The luminarios are placed along walkways and garden walls to guide the Christ child to each home.
Poland: The Star! On Christmas night, everyone watches the sky hoping to see the first star and shout, "The star!' When the star appears, everyone exchanges good wishes and the holiday feast can begin.
Phillipines: Gift raffle. Children choose numbers hanging from the Christmas tree and then find the corresponding package under the tree to open. This is cool...especially for a large family.
Netherlands: Hide and Seek In addition to the gifts received from St. Nicholas, the children play a game of hide and seek. The children will look in the cupboards and cubbyholes of the house for special gifts and they are rarely disappointed.
Ireland: Story Time On Christmas night, the oldest member of the family gathers everyone around and tells them stories. The Night Before Christmas is a good one to start with...
Finland: Joulusauna The Christmas sauna is a popular tradition in Finland that is over 2000 years old. They typically sit in hot steam for 15-30 minutes during the late afternoon before dinner. This probably warms up those frozen toes and fingers...hot bath anyone?
Italy: Panettone is a typical bread of Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year around Italy. Italians bought more than 68 million pannetoni to eat or share last Christmas… This sweet bread with bits of fruit (we are not talking fruit cake) is delicious toasted and lovely with tea. yum...