We in the United States are not the only people that celebrate the holidays. I am going to tell you about 8 different countries that celebrate the holiday season differently than we do.
United States: Here, kids sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Stockings are hung by the fireplace and presents are placed under the tree. Santa Claus comes down the chimney and drinks the milk and eats the cookies left for him. Santa uses a magic sleigh to go from place to place and Rudolph leads the other reindeer.
Netherlands: The Netherlands are in Europe. Sinterklass travels with a helper and they ride a white horse. Children put wooden shoes outside of their homes to be filled with gifts.
Israel: In Israel they celebrate Hanukkah. It lasts for 8 whole days, not one like we have here. They light a candle in the evening and place it on the Menorah.
Italy: In Italy families decorate with flowers. Most families put out a Nativity scene as well. A good witch flies on her broom in search of the children to give them gifts.
Mexico: Here La Posada begins on December 16th. On Christmas Eve there is a party with a pinata. On January 6th, children put out their shoes to be filled by 3 wise men. Families decorate with Poinsettias.
England: In England Santa Claus is called Father Christmas. He fills stockings with treats and on Christmas Eve he visits childrens homes.
Germany: In Germany a tannenbaum is decorated here, that is what they call a Christmas tree. They make a lot of gingerbread houses here and they decorate with nutcrackers.
Australia: Christmas in Australia is NEVER snowy! Families go to the beach for a picnic or for a barbecue. The kids here are on summer break for Christmas!