Christmas

Celebrating Nativities, Presepe, Crèche, Bélen

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My perosnal nativity - Italian carving with native American semi-precious stone fetish animals.

For most of the season, I have focused on the celebrations and traditions of Northern Europe. Today, since it falls right in the middle of the visitations of nativities in Southern European countries as well as South America and Mexico, I am sharing something I have wanted to share for the past three seasons - the beautiful nativities to be found in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

Scandinavian Christmas on the Pickled Herring Shares My How-to for Palæg Chokolade

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Palæg Chokolade! One of my two favorite breakfast treats! (the other being Chocolade Hagel of course!)

Both are versions of chocolate made for topping toast! And what could be more welcome on a frosty morning! Even my beloved Lingonberries have had to step aside for this!

Christmas Elves are Arriving Everywhere! Don't Miss the Yule Lads Arrival in Iceland!

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It is time! The first one will be showing up any minute now! And will be followed by twelve of his kin over the next 12 days!

Who? Why Jolasveinarnir of course! Also known as Yule Lads. From now til Christmas, one Jolasveinar will come down from his mysterious hiding place in the mountains of Iceland to join in the celebration and merriment of the holiday season. It is their happy task to seek out good children and leave them little treats.

Five Beautiful and Meaning Filled Polish ChristmasTraditions

Kathy, a Polish American living on the east coast of the US with her husband and three children, shares her adventures while raising three year old twins and making delicious, child friendly recipes on her blog Polwig.com. Part of her family lives here in the States and part in Poland. 

To see just how close her ties are to Polish traditions, read this recent post in which she shares amazingly beautiful images of her Mother's Thanksgiving Feast. Don't miss this - go visit - you will be so glad you did! Most likely you will be wishing, as am I, that you were on the guest list!

In Japan, Christmas is Celebrated With KFC, Lights and Romance.

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Image of Colonel Santa Sanders taken by Arielle for this post!

A special post created to share Christmas in Japan by Arielle.

Arielle is an American currently living with her husband in Okinawa, Japan and over this past year has become a virtual friend. She is not a blogger so it is all the more special that she made this post to share with my readers.

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