In what countries do people spend Christmas Day? And how?

October 17, 2007 7:42am CST
Hi! All I know that in America people spend Christmas. Besides America, in what other countries do people spend Christmas? When I was young, I learned it from the story book that kids got gifts from the hanging stockings. And now how do people spend the festival? Anything different from before?
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@marque (19)
• Philippines
17 Oct 07
yes in some way were familiar when it comes to spending christmas...lets say for example in the philippines they usually cook a lot of foods friends and relatives will comeover and exchange gifts and they go to the chucrh on what they called "misa de gallo" specially for christmas,and they have this belief that if you complete this,you go to the mass every night, you will get your wish,i think they call it nine mornings maybe..
• China
20 Oct 07
Hi! Here we don't spend Christmas but During Christmas every shop will put up Christmas trees and sell many Christmas gifts. The shops are full of atmosphere of Christmas. Here many people believe in fortune tellers. If someone is going to get married, his parents will find an old fortune teller to find out when it is a good wedding day. Or when someone gets a grandson, his grandparents will go for an old fortune teller to name the baby a lucky name. They believe that this can bring good luck to the baby.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
17 Oct 07
I live in america and we do exchange gifts. The thing is the thing that is most important isthe time we get to spend with our family. My husband and I get to visit both families and the kids love it. Christmas Eve(dec 24th) is my birthday and we spend that day with my family. We go to church for the Christmas Eve services and then go to my mothers house to celebrate Christmas and my birthday and we exchange gifts. Then on Christmas Day we spend it with my husband family. We go to my mother-in-laws house in the morning after we open presents at home and exchange gifts there then we go to my husbands aunts house and have Christmas dinner there. It is a very busy holiday for us but we enjoy every minute of it.
• China
17 Oct 07
Hi! You are so lucky that birthday on the day before Christmas. In China, spring Festival is a traditional festival. We all like it. During the festival, we buy gifts for my kids. My kid's grandparents always give luck money to him. It's very interesting for your children to exchange gifts. During the festival, we have a big dinner at my parents' house on the first day of the festival. On the second day, we usually had a big dinner at my fathr-in-law's house. We enjoy spring Festival most in China.
@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
23 Oct 07
I live in Finland now and Finnish people celebrate Christmas. They gather together with their family and exchange gifts, but they don't put the gifts in the hanging stockings he he he...I think many people put up Christmas trees or decorations in their houses. In Indonesia, Christians celebrate Christmas without exchanging gifts. They just go to churches on Christmas to enjoy a Christmas play and sermon. Some people also put up Christmas trees in their houses, but many others don't.
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
17 Oct 07
Well, here in my country (Philippines) Christmas is celebrated also. At 12 in the morning (Christmas day) we eat noche buena and go to church. Some kids still hangs stocking and believe that santa claus will be giving gifts. Actually its their parents who put gifts there. Then by the whole day, children spend it going to their godfathers and godmothers. And they were given a gift.