CURIOUS FACTS ABOUT XMAS AROUND THE WORLD
In Russia, Christmas comes, not on December 25, but on January 7th.
In the Philippines, Christmas carols can be heard as early as September 1— giving that country the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season.
In Austria, Christmas supper traditions vary in different regions. But, in some families, the serving of potato salad with frankfurter or wiener-sausages is very popular.
Children in Belgium believe that their presents come from Saint Nicholas who always rides a horse. So, on December 6, they leave hay and carrots and water outside their homes for the horse.
In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the roads are closed to cars on Christmas Eve, allowing people to go to Mass on roller skates.
If you are traveling this Christmas to some place outside of your own country, find out fun facts that make it different from your celebrations at home.