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Hello I'm new here!(I know it's a bit late for this, but I'll just pass it) And to get to know more of each other,I would like each one of you to share your family traditions or Country cultural traditions or your very own traditions during Christmas and this New Year! For example in Italy: Let La Befana the witch=be replacement for Santa! Or you throw pies at your faces at new year's eve, something like those! And don't be shy to share, I know lots of people will be glad to gain and share these knowledges! And Merry Christmas and Happy New year in advance anyways!
Hallo and a warm welcome to you Eloise midgen!!! HAPPY X-MAS
Im from Norway and our tradition is that Santa came yesterday with gifts to all the children!! We had stochings at the fireplace filled with lot of sweets..Yesterday we ate lamb named PINNEKJ’TT with poatatoes and other vegetables..HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND IN DIFFERENT THREADS !! Share and Enjoy

Vee edited this post after consuming large amounts of turkey, stuffing, vegetables, potatoes... and wine.

{You got the end tag wrong - it has a / in front of it. D'oh!

Merry Christmas
I could tell you about the UK's christmas traditions but you probably already know. I'll tell you about a personal tradition in our home.... I always have at least half a bottle of Croft Original Pale Sherry while cooking the dinner. It makes for a very fun dinner and if it all goes wrong I don't care!

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Or you throw pies at your faces at new year's eve

They really do that in Italy? How selfish!
I thought that in some countries of Europe the tradition was that the Three Kings visited the homes of good children and filled their shoes with goodies. But I forget which countries now, and I can't remember if that was Christmas Day or at the end of the Twelvenight for Epiphany.

In our home, we decorate our tree just before Christmas and leave it up during the real Christmas season (not the shopping season which starts right after Thanksgiving here). Christmas Day begins with the kids thanking God for their blessings and reading a note left by St. Nicholas. The kids in our house open one gift a day during the Christmas Twelvenight. This allows them to spread out their fun, and also teaches them that Christmas has just begun. We of course assist at Mass, have our big turkey dinner, and go out to see the Christmas lights. Although we don't have much money, the children always have good memories of these last days of the year and the begining of the new one.
I thought that in some countries of Europe the tradition was that the Three Kings visited the homes of good children and filled their shoes with goodies.

Yeh, kids really love it when George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube pay them a visit.
Very funny, Mir! But I meant the original Three Kings, whose names traditionally are Sts. Kaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. My information said they were on the minds of Italian kids, but maybe I'm wrong there.
The Visitation of the Kings (Epiphany) falls on 06 January and is the end of the Christmas season of the western christian churches, while that is the main day of celebration of Christmas in the eastern (orthodox) christian churches.

My Mum and Hubby, David, are Scottish so read below and practice next Hogmanay......this is what I've been used to.....hehehe.....

It's traditional in Scotland to go "first-footing" on Hogmanay, a wonderful excuse to go out visiting friends and partying all night, but certain things are essential to make your New Year go with a swing.
Here's our pocket guide....

Hawf (half) Bottle
Your most important travelling companion. For it's traditional - and polite - to offer just about everyone you see a "dram". It's also traditional for it to be whisky. Though in these more cosmopolitan times, it could be anything alcoholic.

Lump of Coal
In days of yore never mind the whisky, it was traditional for First Footers to carry a lump of coal with them. This was lovingly placed on the host's fire. If you're determined to do Hogmanay by the book then take the coal by all means but be prepared for some grief when you set it on top of the central heating radiators!

Not pieces of carbonised bread in case of hunger pangs on your New Year yomp, but the good wishes you bestow on Hogmanay gatherings.

A simple and appropriate one is:
A guid New Year to ane an a' And mony may ye see
(A good New Year to one and all And many may you see)

The more jingoistic may offer:
Here's tae us. Wha's like us. Damn few, and they're a' deid!
(Here's to us. Who's like us. Not many, and they're all dead!)

Depending on the type of gathering you are attending you may hear other "toasts". They could be:
Gaun yoursel', Big Man!
(You're a big chap, drinking a lot and are going to continue to do so!)

Gie it laldie!
(Party furiously!)

An absolutely essential item. Not to make sure you get home again - rather to make sure you don't! Have it all marked up with the best parties and bashes so you don't miss a jig!

Six Pack
Not so much in case the whisky runs out. More in case your party spirit runs dry. Then it makes a handy seat on the pavement while you await that elusive taxi home. However, should you be actually taking it to drink then make sure it's "good quality" Jocko Brew, hand it over generously to your hosts and quickly find something more palatable.

A Tall, Dark Handsome Stranger
The first person to cross the threshold at Hogmanay brings all the luck, good or bad, for the year ahead. And, to follow in tradition they have to fulfil certain criteria.
They have to be male, tall, dark and handsome. They cannot be doctors, ministers or grave-diggers (!) - oh, and your first footer cannot have eyebrows that meet in the middle! If you do find a first footer that fits the bill (for remember, we Scots might be handsome but, as a race, we're not renowned for our height) then hang on to them - you could make a packet!
P.S. Being a First Footer is great because tradition dictates you can claim a kiss from every lady in the place! XXXXX!

The above came from a Scottish website.
For it's traditional - and polite - to offer just about everyone you see a "dram".

That was fun to see. We (here in Norway) use the word "dram" about liquor too. Smile Smilie