Ever wondered what people around the world get up to at Christmas time? Discover fascinating traditions from all four corners of the globe...
The most celebrated day in the Dutch calendar is December 5th, St Nicolas’ day. Children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas, who travels from his home in Spain to bestow them with gifts.
“Merry Christmas” in Dutch: “Prettig Kerstfeest”
The Russian Orthodox Church follows the 'Julian' calendar for religious celebration days, so Christmas falls on January 7th, not December 25th. Many people fast for 40 days in the run up, breaking their fast on Christmas Eve with a traditional bowl of sochivo, a wheat porridge mixed with honey, seeds, fruits and nuts.
"Merry Christmas" in Russian: "С Рождеством"
Christmas down under happens during the summer, so people normally have a barbeque on the beach to celebrate. Santa swaps his reindeer for 'six white boomers' or kangaroos named Jackaroo, Bluey, Curly, Two-Up, Desert-Head, and Snow.
The most important Christmas decoration in a Mexican home is the nativity scene, or nacimiento. Models of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Shepherds and the Three Kings are made from clay (and can be life size!), and usually passed down through families.
"Merry Christmas" in Spanish: "Feliz Navidad"
Only around 1% of the Chinese population are Christians, so Christmas is only celebrated in major cities. Families decorate their homes and 'trees of light' with lanterns, flowers and red paper chains that symbolised happiness.
"Merry Christmas" in Mandarin: "Sheng Dan Kuai Le" or "圣诞快乐"
As in Russia, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar and celebrates Christmas on January 7th. Everyone attends mass, which starts from 4am, dressed in white for a celebration known as Ganna. Gifts aren't traditionally given, but families spend the day eating and playing games.
In the capital city, Caracas, roads are closed between December 16th and 24th to make way for people rollerskating to mass! As in many Latin American countries, nativity scenes are more popular that Christmas trees as firs are not native. Families exchange their main presents at midnight on Christmas Eve.