In Britain, we celebrate Christmas in a very traditional Christian manner. The season has a magic quality, bringing families and friends together to share the much loved customs and traditions which have been around for centuries. Father Christmas, mince pies and Christmas carols equal a traditional British Christmas.
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Instead of white, snowy scenery that typifies Christmas, Australia is filled with blue skies, sunshine and intense heat in temperatures up to 35 C (100 degrees Fahrenheit). In Britain, while we are wrapped up warm by the fire, consuming mugs of hot chocolate and mulled winem Australian citizens are soaking up the sun and enjoying their summer holiday.
Many Australians spend Christmas outdoors - going to the beach, or enjoying barbecues with friends and family. Feasting is an important part of the occasion. A typical Christmas menu includes seafood, glazed ham, cold chicken, duck or turkey, cold deli meats and pasta.
Australia being the land of kangaroos and koalas mirrors this in their Christmas decorations. A hanging wooden Kangaroo is not out of place on an Australian Christmas tree.
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The Climate in India is fairly cool in December compared to the rest of the year. However for British tourists, it would appear relatively warm. For example, temperatures in Goa are around 3 – 11 C.
Christmas is one of the biggest and most-loved festivals of Indian Christians. The festival is also enthusiastically celebrated by people of other religions residing there. The tradition of Christmas routine was introduced by the European colonies.
For Indian Christians, especially the Catholics, Midnight mass on Christmas Eve is a very important service and holds great religious significance.
Decorating shops, offices and community centres is a tradition within India during all festive seasons. Christmas trees, presents, ornaments and other items are displayed in front windows, shop entrances and meeting rooms.
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In New York, the weather is freezing and very much like the British weather (average temperatures -2 to -5 C), you are sure to get a traditional Christmas feeling from the cold crisp air and festive decorations on the street.
Celebrating Christmas in the United States is very similar to England. However, it is a huge craze and many take advantage of the copious amounts of snow. Winter sports, traditional celebrations and tree decorating take place over the states of America.
Cookies are traditionally left for Santa and a carrot is commonly left for Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, very much a part of Christmas tradition. On Christmas morning, things such as cinnamon rolls or coffee cake are served for breakfast, and traditional dinner is typically ham (and occasionally regal plum pudding).
Americans put a lot of effort into decorating their houses inside and out. Lighting is used to create a typical Christmas scene outside of the house and many houses on a street compete for the best display.
Americans have also been behind creating cultural Christmas icons in advertising, like the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.
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December is dry and cool with an average temperature of 17 C (62.6 F). You need a wool sweater and heavy coat. There may even be risks of typhoons in the south eastern coast of China.
The main winter festival in China is Chinese New Year which takes place towards the end of January. It is also known as "Spring Festival," a time when children receive new clothing, eat luxurious meals, receive new toys and enjoy firecracker displays.
Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call "Trees of Light" with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese Children hang muslin stockings.
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Temperatures in Switzerland around Christmas are extremely cold and the atmosphere is perfectly suited to the Christmas scene. Temperatures are usually -4 C.
Christmas celebrations in Switzerland do not differ very much from those in other western European nations and the United States.
The tradition is that families gather on Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24. This is a pre-Christian customs inherited from the Romans and Nordic races.
In Swiss homes, Christmas trees are usually brought in one or two days before Christmas. Everyone in the family actively participate in decorating the tree with candles, apples, Swiss flags, straw ornaments and even small gnomes wearing red tasselled caps. The indoors of houses are decorated with flowers such as red tulips.
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