Time to decorate for Christmas, am I right?
While most stores barely made it to Halloween before they started setting out the Christmas stockings, many people have held of at least until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. In North America it is common to see lights, garlands, and Christmas trees, there are many other ways to decorate for the various winter traditions around the world.
Here are some of the diverse winter holiday decorations from around the world:
Everyone has seen a traditional Christmas tree. But what do you do when you live in a more tropical climate, like Florida? You decorate the local flora! These palm tree Christmas trees are truly a fun sight to behold.
In Norway, small, heart-shaped paper baskets called julekurver are hung around the house during the holidays and filled with goodies.
A piñata filled with sweets is a star of Las Posadas, a series of parties held from Dec. 16 to 24 in Mexico. The piñata typically has a round center with seven conical points, originally representing the seven deadly sins. Make your own piñata for a Mexican-inspired Christmas celebration using floral foam, party hats, crepe paper and silk flowers
This very simple idea – a candle with the numbers 1 through 24 along the length – is probably one of the most incorporated Danish traditions. The idea is that you burn what accounts to one number (one date) every day.
Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, only created about 35 years ago as a way to celebrate African heritage and traditions shared by many African Americans. Families celebrating Kwanzaa decorate their households with objects of art, colorful African cloth, and fresh fruits that represent African idealism. It is customary to include children in Kwanzaa ceremonies and to give respect and gratitude to ancestors.
While it may look like Christmas, the Russian New Year celebration of Novy God is an entirely secular affair. The tree and Father Frost are honored traditions that survived the Soviet Era. This holiday is celebrated by Russians all over the world and marked by family gatherings and fun parties.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated in Israel and around the world. This holiday is observed for eight days and nights and is also known as the Holiday of Lights because of the menorah that is lit every evening.