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Christmas Traditions and Crafts From Around the World

Find out how other countries celebrate Christmas.



How to Say Your Holiday Greetings in Other Languages

English: Merry Christmas
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
French: Joyeux Noel
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Portugiesish: Boas Festas
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Vrolyke Kerstmis
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Scotch Gaellic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Swedish: God Jul
Norwegian: Gledelig Jul
Finnish: Hyvää Joulua
Danish: Glaedelig Jul
Italian: Buon Natale
Greek: Kala Christougenna
Hungarian: Kellermes Karacsonyiunnepeket
Polish: Wesolych Swiat
Chech: Prejeme Vam Vesele
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic
Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
Romanian: Sarbatori vesele
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Ukranian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym

Christmas Traditions in Germany

Dresden Striezelmarkt Christmas Market 2
Germany has everything from beautiful traditional Christmas markets to handcrafted one of a kind wooden treasures from the Erzgebirge. It is one of the most fascinating places to be during the holidays.

Christmas in London, England

London Christmas 1
London never gets tiring and especially around the holidays, the whole city is so festively decorated and lively and bustling with tourists from all over who want to capture the experience. Just seeing the street decorations and lighting on Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street are are already reason enough to at least spend a weekend in the city. Especially at night, the wow factor is definitely there. The major stores windows on the high street and the side streets are all joyfully decorated in sometimes modern and other times more traditional colors of the season. In traditional stores like Hamleys Toy Store or Liberty you are sure to find something special for everyone you want to get a special gift for.

See more images and read more about Christmas in London



Christmas Traditions in Denmark

A Visit to Denmark in December

Denmark is a very charming place to be at Christmas time. On the 24th of December, the Danish celebrate Lillejulaften which is a small fest with acquantences, friends and neighbors. All join to decorate the tree with typical Danish ornaments out of straw or wood. The Danish decorate traditionally in a natural look and the colors of red and white dominate their Christmas decorations. Next to the tree the Jul-Bock (translated: straw goat) protects the family from evil spirits. The Danish also have some lovely Christmas markets. Click the links below to discover how they look.

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Aabenraa, Denmark is decorated really lovely during the Christmas season.

As in Germany, the Danish also have their own version of a mulled wine punch called Glögg to keep them warm in the cold winter season. Glögg seems a bit sweeter than the Glühwein and is very tasty!

Julefrokost is a popular pre-Christmas tradition in Denmark. Friends meet to enjoy a buffet of cold cuts and alcohol. On Christmas Day and the day after, the Julefrokost also gets celebrated around noon with a much more variety of food such as fish, meatballs, salads and cheese.

The kids anxiously await the arrival of Julemand, the Danish version of Father Christmas.

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A very popular Danish town at Christmas is Tønder.

Christmas in Oslo, Norway

Oslo Christmas Market 7
This is an image from a Christmas market in Oslo, Norway. It is a small and quaint market offering gift ideas for the holidays as well as Norwegian food and drink specialities.

Oslo Christmas Market 1
These are signs that were seen at that particular Christmas market in Oslo, Norway

See more images and read more about this Christmas market in Norway’s capitol city: Christmas in Oslo

Christmas Traditions in France

This website which has an English language version, explains about French Christmas tradtions in France and Canada.

If you are looking for French crafts and baking recipes, you can find many ideas on the website



Christmas Traditions in Sweden

Christmas season in Sweden begins around the first Advent when homes, streets and shops get traditionally decorated in the colors and symbols of the holiday.

The 13th of December, St. Lucia Day, also known as the day of lights, is a very important holiday in Sweden. Tradition has it that St. Lucia protected Sweden from hunger and suffering. Since then, it is a day of celebration and parades in Sweden. Typical for this holiday is that  the girls wear white robes and a crown of candles on their heads and the boys are also dressed in white. Normally the oldest daughter of the house takes this role.

As in other European countries, the freshly cut Christmas tree first gets put up and decorated on the 23rd of December. Christmas Eve is the most important day and is a day for the family to be together. When the evening approaches and it is dark outside, all enjoy a delicious buffet of fish, ham, potatoes and other goodies together . Later, the children anxiously await the arrival of Christmas Tomte (Swedish Father Christmas)  with his helpers who bring them their gifts.

The 13th of January is the final day of the Christmas season. It is called St. Knut Day and is the day when the Christmas trees get taken down.

Christmas in Stockholm
Find more information Christmas in Stockholm tells you about the Christmas celebration in the capitol city of Sweden.

Swedish Tomten
Read here on Ashbee Design about this typical Swedish character and learn how to make one... or more of your own.

Christmas Crafts from Around the World

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations (Denmark)
These modern trees look so stylish and the illustrated tutorial in Danish is very easy to follow.

Wooden Snowman Christmas Ornaments (Germany)
Aren’t these so adorable? If you have a hand at woodworking, you could consider making these for your own tree or to give as gifts to someone else.

Upcycled Bottle Candle Wreath (Spain)
This project shows you how to transform a bottle into this clever looking wreath. The page is in Spanish but the images explain the technique well and you can use the translator as well.

Bottle Lid Snowman (Australia)
Wouldn’t this be a great recycling Christmas craft to do with the kids? The best part is that a minimal amount of supplies is needed for this project for a maximum amount of fun.

Paper Renaissance Houses (England)
Create this village with old world charm for your mantel. Complete with instructions and pattern download for the houses.

Country Christmas Ornaments (Italy)
Would you believe that the apple and orange slices are painted? They look so lovely and realistic. Read more to find out how they are made. Website is in Italian but there is a translator you can use.

Cardboard Snowflakes (Israel)
These snowflakes are so colorful and simple for kids to craft on a cold winter’s day.

Paper Houses Advent Calendar (Sweden)
What a cute and simple project using just paper bags and washi tape.





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