If your family celebrates Christmas, your children are probably counting down the days. At our house, my son put up three different calendars in three different rooms. He wants to be sure we don’t miss it!
During the holiday, we follow a lot of Christmas traditions as well as some of our own. But there are many other interesting and meaningful Christmas traditions out there. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, take some time this season to explore them with your child. It’s fun to learn about other people and their lifestyles.
Here are a few from cities around the world to get you started.
As in the US, the streets of Rome are lit up with holiday lights during the season. But Rome has another annual tradition. During the Christmas season, nativity scenes are exhibited throughout the city. Rome has a museum with more than 3,000 of them, as well as a temporary exhibit of 200 more from artists all over the globe. You can find them made out of everything from wood to coral to chocolate.
There are sculptures to be found in this city at Christmas too – but this time, they’re made out of radishes! On the evening of December 23, the 100-year-old competition Noche de rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is held. In the central square, farmers display their sculptures – human figures such as kings, nativity figures, and musicians — all carved out of giant radishes. After the judges name the winner of the contest, fireworks are set off to celebrate.
In Castleton, England, four caverns of stalagmites and stalactites are the places to be for Christmas caroling. The caverns have great acoustics, and candlelight sing-alongs are held on the weekends leading up to Christmas.
What interesting Christmas traditions have you and your child learned about?
Photo by Yaya Dada