It is a common tradition to go to a local pub to get a Christmas drink on the eve of Christmas. During the midnight mass, people pray for their deceased loved ones. Very commonly seen, the graves are decorated with wreaths made of ivy and holly as a part of the Christmas tradition, a carrot is kept for Rudolph and for Santa, they keep a bottle of Guinness along with a mince pie. On January 6th, they celebrate a Little Christmas. Scottish Christmas
Christmas is not necessarily a holiday in Scotland. Even so, the tradition of exchanging gifts and the joy of Christmas remain prevalent. A Christmas lunch is celebrated well. The gifts are carefully unwrapped so that the paper can be used again later. For the lunch, turkey is served and two glasses of champagne are drunk, they may eat the Christmas cake or resort to a Yule Log. People eat Christmas crackers and the families generally watch “the Wizard of Oz” or “The Sound of Music” and then go to sleep.
A Russian Christmas
In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. Christmas here is a religious affair. Several long services are attended on Christmas Eve like the Vespers, the Divine Liturgy and the Royal Hours. When families return home, 12 different dishes are made and each one honors the twelve Apostles. This is the “Holy Supper”
A Christmas in Georgia
In Georgia, children march on the streets, known as the Alilo, wearing a special kind of clothing and congratulate each other. Here too, Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. The Santa Claus in George is known as tovlis papa (Grandfather Snow). He is depicted by a long white beard and is wearing a ‘chokha’ which is the national dress and tops it with a fur cloak.
Even if the Christmas traditions vary over the world, the significance of Christmas remains the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Every one spreads the joy all over the world, whichever country whichever tradition, we still remain a Christmas World. Merry Christmas!