Christmas around the World

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In addition to the items provided, you’ll need green paint, blue
paint, and paintbrushes.
Have your family name any Christmas traditions you practice. Then
read the traditions below to learn what people in other areas of
the world do. Talk about why you think each tradition helps focus
on Jesus-or distracts from him.
Paint your ornament to look like a globe. After it dries, hang it
on your tree and pray for the people in each country you learned
about.

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  • In Mumbai, India, people string paper lanterns
    between houses so it seems like stars float above you as you walk
    down the road.
  • In Bethlehem, many people have special
    services in Shepherd’s Fields or the Church of the Nativity. Many
    people paint crosses on their door.
  • In Brazil, it’s customary to build “electric
    trees”-trees made solely out of electric lights.
  • In Mexico, kids put present requests in their
    shoes, and they believe the three wise men deliver the gifts. They
    also have fireworks, ringing bells, and blowing whistles right at
    midnight on Christmas day to announce Jesus’ birth.
  • In Ireland, people clean and even whitewash
    their homes to purify them for Christmas. They place candles in
    their windows as a sign of hospitality for Mary and Joseph.
  • In Britain, many theaters gather kids to
    pantomime stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Aladdin.
  • In China, Christmas isn’t a recognized
    holiday, but the country is still filled with Christmas
    decorations, and many Christians go to church.
  • In France, nearly every home displays a
    nativity. These often include “santons” (little saints).
  • In Egypt, Christians don’t eat meat, dairy, or
    animal products for the month leading up to Christmas.

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