I've always been curious to learn how people in other parts of the world celebrate Christmas. I remember that when I was in the 3rd grade my teacher made us write a short essay explaining how Christmas is celebrated in a specific country. I vividly remember that I chose France because I love the french language and culture. It's been quite awhile since I heard my classmates present on their given subject so that's why I decided to research and write a little bit about how Christmas is celebrated in certain parts of the world. Since there are so many countries, I will only write about Christmas in France, Brazil, and Ethiopia. If you want to learn more about Christmas in other parts of the world, you can visit this web site from where I got my information : http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-world/index.html
France: As a francophile (french lover), I will start by writing about Christmas in France. On Christmas Eve, children in France leave a shoe by the fireplace so that Pere Noel (Father Christmas) can leave them sweets, fruits, nuts, and small toys. The french don't really put up a Christmas tree. However, they do put up a Nativity scene called a creche. The Christmas feast, called Le Reveillon, is held after the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. In the southern region of France, people usually burn yule logs from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day. It used to be that a part of this log was used to make the wedge of a plough as a good luck omen and for plenty of harvest in the coming year. In the northern part of France, children get their gifts on St. Nicholas Day, which is December 6, and not on Christmas Day.
Brazil: In northeastern Brazil, a Nativity scene called Presepio is displayed. The children believe in Papi Noel, who wears silk clothing and lives in Greenland. Catholic Brazilians usually attend Missa do Gaio, or Midnight Mass. Fresh flowers from the garden are used as decoration as well as Christmas trees made up of electric lights. Fireworks are usually displayed in the larger cities like Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians usually celebrate until the day of the Three Kings, which is January 6.
Ethiopia: Christmas is celebrated on January 7 and it is referred to as Ganna. People don't usually give gifts to each other. Children sometimes receive clothing as presents. On Christmas Eve, people are usually outside and at night they usually pray and chant all night. A service is usually held on a nearby hilltop where the bread and wine are blessed and distributed.