Christ­mas around the world

Parenting - - Snippets -

On Christ­mas Day in the cap­i­tal city of Venezuela, Cara­cas, it is cus­tom­ary for peo­ple to travel to early morn­ing church ser­vices on roller skates.

In Ger­many, some peo­ple hide a pickle in their Christ­mas tree on Christ­mas Eve – the first child to find it, gets a gift.

In Slo­vakia, the most se­nior man in the fam­ily takes a spoon­ful of loksa pud­ding and throws it at the ceil­ing. The more that sticks, the bet­ter.

Canada post recog­nises the ad­dress, Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO. Any let­ters sent to this ad­dress are opened and replied to. “I’m dream­ing of a white Christ­mas...” Yeah, nah – bring on the days of back­yard cricket, lit­tle feet in jan­dals, sunny beaches, pavlova and pōhutukawa Christ­mas trees. There’s noth­ing quite like Christ­mas in Aotearoa.

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