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Christmas tradition around the globe

Updated on December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!

Santa also wishes everyone worldwide a very Happy New Years, God Bless our planet to have world peace & prosperity in 2013 and beyond
Santa also wishes everyone worldwide a very Happy New Years, God Bless our planet to have world peace & prosperity in 2013 and beyond | Source

Celebration time worldwide

In all parts of the African continent, when its Christmas eve over here in the United States its already Christmas Day there, and depending on the hour of the evening. So its safe to say that they're celebrating such a joyous moment of festive family cheers, and gift giving of all sorts while children here in the U.S. haven't yet seen Santa and his fine reindeer's.

European time zones are also a very similar time differential in reference to the U.S. celebration taking place, so Santa definitely has his work cut out for him. Even within the United States itself these time differences play a huge part in celebrations. So the question is how in the world does Santa account for all of these timing issues, and constraints. (Hmmm....)

This hub article was designed in good faith to track Santa's new time machine of a sleigh, as he plows through all of the differing places worldwide (That this hub could muster up!). We will be showcasing to the globe, via a hubpages satellite to keep track. (We're only revealing however the traditions of each geographic location, as Santa makes touch down from high up above.

Note: Santa this year has upgraded his cool new vehicle, with an autopilot system, and GPS as well. All of his Reindeer also have a break, and only are needed to land on the roof of every child's house worldwide.

Back in New York City when Santa had his downgraded Sleigh

at the climax of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 27, 2008
at the climax of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 27, 2008 | Source

Christmas back in 2010 there


In Zimbabwe poverty and political violence had made it almost impossible for the economy there to pick up, and for the people to simply enjoy a decent respectable meal during Christmas, let alone them not have anything to give as gifts for their loved ones.

Back in 2010 they actually had one store there that had been able to open during the Christmas shopping season, and which was a definite miracle there, and droves of people flocked there to make a purchase, which in fact to them is a gift of food items. (This goes to show that some people are truly down and out, and food itself can be seen as the greatest gift to ever receive for the holidays.)

  • Santa doesn't make it to every country, but the Christmas spirit still lives on

Note: this hub article can't make it to every country either, but it was written in good faith to raise the roof sort of speak, and for all those who indeed need a boost of the holiday spirit.


In this arid desert like country celebrating anything at all might seem pretty difficult, but these charming Ethiopian citizens find their way around the tough environmental conditions, economic hardships and all to come up with a yearly Christmas tradition celebration, which is said to begin on January 7th, which is contrary to popular European, and American times of the holiday.

They also have a huge difference in the way gifts are to be given, children mostly get clothing for Christmas, if anything. They also practice a worship of a more spiritually based ritualistic practice known as Ganna. Spreading greenery on the floor of all sorts, is also part of their traditional practices.

This cool way to celebrate god's birth, is a practice that is done at both an ancient church, which is made out of volcanic rock and at traditionally constructed ones. At the beginning of the church session, people come in with candle's in hand, they are then lit, and all begin walking in circles that are already sketched onto the ground, and this is done three times to symbolize their worship and celebration of the holiday. Eating of yummy Ethiopian foods is also a common practice, and seals the deal as a huge rewarding meal to enjoy such a joyous festive moment of love, family and community.

Petronas Towers

Tallest in the world from 1998 to 2004
Tallest in the world from 1998 to 2004 | Source


This place of all places on the world map is about 12 hours ahead of that of the American time clock, but even though they celebrate Christmas before us doesn't mean that Santa cannot make it in time back to the United States. He's a very tricky cool dude! and we all get our chances to give him some cookies, and even have caught him climbing down the chimney from time to time.

In Malaysia, the tradition of celebrating the holiday is pretty much identical to that of the U.S., and of many other placed worldwide. So its safe to say that Santa shall continue to make his presence felt even more effectively there this year, and since he just purchased that new time machine Sleigh. This means he can spend much more time, taking pictures with all the kids on his lap there at the famous Petronas Towers on Christmas, and days before the grand New Years celebration there.

Ushering in the New Years "Malaysian Style"

Santa will have to put his sleigh on hyperdrive mode to get there

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New Zealand

In a land approximately 7797.83 miles away from that of the United States the holiday times definitely are celebrated quite differently. This place is known for its awesome Maori people & for their traditionally rich cultural diversity.

The name of such a place is New Zealand, and it is home to a population of 4,433,000 (682,200 of them are Maori's as of 2012). Many of these folks there happily celebrate what is known as a Kiwi Christmas, which consists of sun and barbecues rather than sleigh bells and snow. (According to the New Zealand History Online website)

This gives you a good picture, that when we flip the world upside down in our minds, Santa is bound to find a location where he can chill out, relax a bit in amazing weather. With his reindeer's at poolside at that, and he also has instant access to get a juicy fat steak instead of cookies and milk. He does however, also park on the kid's chimney's there and this year he's doing it in style.

Our true gift to the world was Jesus and his message of peace


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @suziecat7, thank so much for the comment & visit.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Loved this Hub - traditions are always interesting. Voted up!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Gypsy Rose Lee, I am so glad you found this hub here and have chosen to join in on the worldwide celebrations I presented. I figured why not give such a article a try, and lets hope everyone is blessed to have a warm meal, and be able to at least be with family this holiday season.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, also thanks for sharing it for me.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great hub much enjoyed and loved the videos. We celebrate quietly by a small Christmas tree, have some dinner, read Bible passages and listen to music and enjoy. Passing this on.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, Thanks for joining the celebration, I definitely had fun researching all the cool info for this one, and I learned a great deal as well. Happy Holidays to you too Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting reading about the other countries and how they celebrate in their varied traditions. Merry Christmas...

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hi @faythef, welcome to the celebration and thanks for that lovely comment you left me up there.

      Yeah Santa is so deserving of eating good this year isn't he, I think he was losing a bit of wight lately and needs his fat belly refilled LOL.

      Happy Holidays to you and yours, and its nice to have met ya here on HP.

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      enjoyed reading about the different celebrations in different countries..So glad that Santa has up graded his sleigh, it will certainly make it easier traveling for the jolly ole soul..there is none more deserving of a fat juicy steak more than santa...

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks bro for the cool comment @dwachira, I actually feel the same, its so cool to be able to feel great about the very same moment in time and worldwide at that.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Mike,

      It is amazing how the different communities of the world celebrate x-mas, it might be diverse but the spirit is the same. This is one moment that units people and brings the spirit of giving and kindness, i wish the spirit goes on through the years to come. Merry x-mas!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey! @carol7777, Yay you made it to our worldwide Christmas hub celebration. I made this one for everyone who loves the true message of peace, of family, of love, of giving, and of true friendship.

      Thanks for the cool supportive comment Carol, it was so fun to write.

      May we all have a wonderful and joyous Christmas Holiday. Merry Christmas to All!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      What a cool hub. I had such fun reading about the different countries even though many have very serious economic woes. My wish is that this Christmas spirit would last all year long with people giving and sharing. Voting Up and sharing on facebook, twitter and Pinterest.


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