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Weekly Newsletter Edition
The Pennsylvania State University Center,
Hazleton, Pennsylvania •* *
Vol. XVII No, 1 $ M Isdember 17, I|s,
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Dhristmas is a religious holiday - celebrated annually throughout
the world. Everywhere people abound in delightful customs and ceremonies,
but regardless of the many traditions, we have a common focus - the
birth of Christ, We are all familiar with the celebration of Christmas
in America, where everyone looks forward to a bright and joyous season,
but how is Christmas celebrated in other lands?
GERMANY; Christmas is truly a children's holiday and the youngsters
become kings and queens of their household for the day. Kris Kringle
visits each house and gives the well behaved - gifts and the bad - birch
rods. They gather around and rock cradle as they sing.
ENGLAND; Most of our customs were transmitted from England, They
celebrate with card sending, bell ringing, carol singing, yule log,
holly wreaths and mistletoe.
FRANCE; Every home displays a hand-made manger scene. The
children do not receive gifts until January 6, when they are delivered
by “Father Christmas”, Good children receive giftsj bad children get
ITALY; A tree is built on three poles in the garden and is set
afire to warm the Infant Son, The flames are kept burning by bay, olive,
myrtle and laurel branches which visitors have brought. Men dressed as
shepherds stop at each flaming tree and play carols on their bagpipes.
POLAND: Straw is placed on tables in the homes. The head of the
■7 gives a prayer and shares a wafer, that has been blessed by the
priest, with the rest of the family.
HOLLAND; Christmas is celebrated on St Day, Children
fill wooden shoes with food for St, Nick, vfho replaces it with toys
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CHRISTMAS IN OTHER LANDS