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Celebrating Santa Lucia Day in Italy

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Image courtesy of Madame Renard

Santa Lucia is beloved by the Scandinavian people, most especially the Swedish; however, Lucia was born, lived and died a martyr in Sicily.  December 13, Saint Lucia Day,  is celebrated still to this day in many parts of Italy and after three long years of sharing the Scandinavian celebration of this holiday on this blog I am so thrilled to finally be able to share in what ways the Italians celebrate. 

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.

French Gingerbread Men for St. Nicholas Day!

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To celebrate St. Nicholas Day, I made gingerbread men!

But not just any gingerbread men!

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