Christmas in Malta

16 04 2009

 Christmas is very important to the people of Malta. Most people on Malta are Catholics and go to Midnight Mass.

The churches are decorated with lights and nativity cribs. Today some of the cribs are mechanical and the figures in them  move. There is a group on malta called friends of the crib who help to keep the maltese crib tradition alive.

Children on Malta get their presents from santa claus on christmas night.Sometimes, father  christmas comes knocking at doors early on christmas night delivering presents.

Maltese people have a wide range of food at Christmas. Traditionally, the Maltese house- wife keeps the fattest rooster,’hasi’ , especially for Christmas lunch, which was roasted at the local bakery in a casserole full of potatoes and vegetables. The traditional dessert served at a Christmas is the Treacle Ring, and to finish it off,a hot Chestnut and cocoa soup, which was and is served as a cosy night cap during the December days in Malta.

 

 

 



The chistmas in Spain

16 04 2009

 

Christmas dinner is never eaten until after midnight.It is a family feast, and often highlighted with «Pavo Trufado de navidad» (Christmas turkey with truffles).

After the meal, family members gather around the Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols and hymns of Christendom. For midnight service, people walk through the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on drums. One Spanish saying is « Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no es noche de dormir », « Tonight is the good night and it is not meant for sleeping! ».

Some children believe that the Kings brings presents to them at Epiphany. They write letters to the King on Boxing Day, December 26th, asking for toys and presents.And on Epiphany Eve(January 5th) they leave shoes on windowsills or balconies or under the Christmas Tree to be filled with presents. Gifts are often left by children for the kings, a glass of cognac for each King, a satsuma and some walnuts. Sometimes a bucket of water is left for the camels that bring the kings! If the children have been bad, the kings might leave pieces of coal made out of sugar in the presents!



Christmas in Ireland

15 01 2009

Christmas in Ireland lasts from Christmas Eve to the feast of the Epiphany on january 6, which is referred to as Little Christmas. Ireland’s Christmas is more religious than a time of fun.

 

Lighted candles are placed in windows on Christmas Eve, as a guide that Joseph and Mary might be looking for shelter. The candles are usually red in color, and decorated with sprigs of holly. The lighting of candles in Ireland has a religious significance. Some people would light candles (or one large candle) to signify symbolic hospitaly for Mary and Joseph. And some people even set extra places at their tables as preparation for unexpected visitors.

 

Irish women bake a seed cake for each person in the house. They also make three puddings, one for each day of the Epiphany such as Christmas, New Year’s Day and the Twelfth Night.

Christmas dinners in Ireland usually consist of the standard fare; turkey, a ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, ect. Among the more traditional Irish elements are spiced beef (spiced over several days, cooked, and then pressed) which can be served either hot or cold. The traditional dessert is usually composed of mince pies, Christmas pudding, and brandy or rum sauce.

 

After the Christams evening meal, bread and milk are left out and the door unlatched as a symbol of hospitaly.

 



Christmas in Italy

15 01 2009

 

Christmas in Italy





The christmas season in Italy lasts three weeks., starting 8 days before the nigth of Christmas. In Italy Christmas is called Novena. Christmas has got 2 origins for italian people as everywhere in the world : the tradition of christianity & a pagan tradition: the Roman « Saturnalia » ( a winter solstis celebration), coincides with the Christmas celebration of the Advent.On christmas eve the dinner is called cenone which is a dish of eel ( anguilles) . The traditionnal dessert is called panettone , it is a Milanese cake. The Cribs in Italy have got a real importance for christians. They consist of figurines, in clay or plaster, of the infant Jesus, Mary & Joseph. On christmas Eve, Italian children set out their shoes for la Befana . She is the female Santa Claus. They all get gift but if they are bad their shoes are filled with coal.

 



Christmas in the United Kingdom

3 12 2008

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 

    

      Christmas is a great celebration in the United Kingdom. The British nave two days off for Christmas! 25th December and also 26th December which is called Boxing day. In the 1700s the rich gave boxes to their employees and they were full of gifts. Christmas is prepared a long time before 25th December. People start doing their Christmas shopping in November. There are Christmas lights in the streets and children sing carols. The British send more than a billion Christmas cards each year! They decorate their houses with a real Christmas tree ( a fir-tree) and they put lights, tinsel and angels on it. They also put a wreath of holly and mistletoe on their front door. On Christmas Eve children put up their stockings by the fireplace for Father Christmas to fill them up with presents. Father Christmas is supposed to come down the chimney when the children are asleep and to travel from chimney to chimney by reindeer-drawn sleigh. On Christmas day children open their presents and pull crackers. A person pulls one end and another person pulls the other end. When it breaks it makes a lot of noise. In each cracker there is a small toy. About 01.00 pm it is time for “Christmas dinner” which is in fact lunch. Christmas dinner is generally made of roast turkey and stuffing ( rôti de dinde farcie) with cranberry sauce (de la sauce aux airelles), bread sauce, gravy, roast potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts for the main course, and the traditional Christmas pudding for the dessert. It is made of dried fruit and it is flambéed with brandy and served with cream. It is always prepared a few months  in advance! The British also eat Christmas cake and mince pies. These are small tarts filled with dried fruit and nuts. At 03.00 pm the Queen delivers her Christmas speech on TV.