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Merry Christmas Around the World | Christmas Traditions

When I was young, I had no idea what Christmas was, and I only felt Christmas atmosphere when I entered high school. Now, Christmas has become an international holiday like the New Year in the Western calendar. At the end of November onwards, every time I go to the supermarket to see the decorated stalls selling pine trees and Santa Claus figurines, I feel very warm inside. This year is the 3rd time I have celebrated a Christmas abroad, the first was in Australia in 2013, the second was in Germany and Denmark last year 2018 and the third is this year 2019 in Spain.

Christmas street lighting in Malaga,Spain

Christmas street lighting in Malaga,Spain. Photograph: Nhu Le

When I have the opportunity to experience Christmas in Western countries, I feel the warm holiday spirit like I remember from Tet in Vietnam. And this is a special occasion for everyone in the family to gather, enjoy traditional dishes on Christmas Eve and then exchange gifts.

Enjoying a Mulled Wine (Glühwein) at Frankfurt Christmas, Germany

Enjoying a Mulled Wine (Glühwein) at Frankfurt Christmas, Germany. Photograph: Nhu Le

In Denmark, there is a tradition after the main meal that everyone will gather to play games to receive gifts. The first time I experienced a 6-hour meal in Denmark at Christmas, people ate a variety of dishes of all kinds, then played games to receive gifts and then ate and talked again. I feel very warm like the feeling of New Year’s Eve every family member gathers together.

A Christmas stall in Nykobing, Denmark

A Christmas stall in Nakskov, Denmark. Photograph: Nhu Le

A Christmas candy tray

A Christmas candy tray. Photograph: Nhu Le

Below is a compilation of videos about the Christmas atmosphere that pervaded everywhere in Germany, Denmark last year and Spain this year. Particularly in Australia, I do not have any photos of Christmas celebrations in Australia 😀 I was probably focusing on making money at the time.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, happy times with the people you love, and a Happy New Year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Photograph: Nhu Le

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