Christmas is coming early this year at i-to-i. That means you could win some awesome TEFL prizes every week during December.
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To get everyone in the Christmas cheer and to inspire some wanderlust, we’ve collected some fun and quirky Christmas facts from across the globe. Wow your friends and family with your vast knowledge of the world (and Christmas).
After Christmas Dinner on the 24th December, people join hands to dance and sing around the Christmas tree. The youngest child then gets to hand out the presents and everyone enjoys watching the joy on each other’s face while opening presents.
Christmas isn’t a religious or family holiday in Japan. Instead Christmas Eve is a romantic day for couples to exchange gifts. It’s similar to Valentine’s Day in the west.
People give each other apples wrapped in coloured paper on Christmas Eve. The origin of this comes from “Silent Night” as the word “peace” (as in peaceful night) sounds like the word for apple (píngguǒ). Pretty neat symbolism, right?
At 3pm on Christmas Eve the family gathers around the TV to watch Donald Duck’s Christmas special (Or ‘Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul’ as it’s known in Sweden: ‘Donald Duck and friends celebrate Christmas’). This tradition started in the 1960s and the TV station, SVT1 makes sure everyone gets to see Donald …wait, I mean Kalle! He’s an Anka (duck) after our own hearts.
Christmas dinner is sometimes even a barbeque referred to as a ‘braai’. The meal can be anything from: turkey, duck, suckling pig or roast beef, but is always accompanied by yellow rice with raisins and mince pies! Sounds delicious, who’s up for cooking?
Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Thailand and generally not celebrated. However, due to a high number of tourists from the west and people from Thailand loving a party Christmas has a firm presence. The love of celebrations is due to Thai’s concept of Sanuk (striving to achieve fulfilment and satisfaction), which sounds like an awesome way to view the world.
The Javanese Christmas tree is traditionally crafted using different materials with wood, paper, old water bottles all being encouraged to use as creative material options for a unique and beautiful ‘tree’. A very creative tradition!
Many western Christmas traditions originated from Germany. The most wide-spread is the Christmas tree tradition, which originated in the 16th century and spread through Europe thanks to Queen Victoria’s influence in the 19th century. Whether you like a traditional fern or a bright pink tree with artificial snow, Germany started the trend.
A very merry Christmas and happy holidays from Your i-to-i Team
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