December is a magical time to celebrate the holidays in Chicago as the city puts its best foot forward. There are traditions aplenty throughout Chicagoland, if you know where to look. Everything kicks off of Saturday, November 19th with the 25th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, a tree-lighting parade along Michigan Avenue. Grand Marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead characters from Disney World, beautiful floats, and marching bands from along the route. Once the tree is lit, the rest of the city rolls out the holiday finery. Here are some of the best events to celebrate the holidays in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Three Kings Day in Spain and many other parts of the world is celebrated on January 6th to mark the day on the Christian calendar when the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Today I am thrilled to have Laura from Mommy Maleta sharing the traditions of Spain for this look at Holiday Celebrations Around the World.
It’s a word I have often heard, but never understood, the word, Hogmanay. I know they celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland, so I sought out Two Scots Abroad (of course) to participate in the Holiday Celebrations Around the World series. I figure if anyone could shed some light on this holiday it would be them. I’m thrilled to have them sharing today because I learned a ton about this festive event!
As we continue with our Holiday Celebrations Around the World series, I am excited to introduce Mar from Once in a Lifetime Journey sharing her thoughts on the celebration of Caga Tio in Catalunya, Spain. It’s not your typical holiday celebration, but one I definitely wanted to learn more about and share with others. I hope you enjoy Mar’s post as much as I do.
This week’s holiday celebrations around the world features a country I know very little about, Ethiopia. Amber from Global Munchkins is sharing the fascinating history of one of the world’s oldest nations. The celebration may be quite different from a traditional western Christmas, but it extremely festive in its own way.
This week I am happy to have Samantha Angell from Samantha Angell: Travel & Lifestyle Blog sharing how they celebrate Christmas in Sweden. I’ve been following Samantha for a little over a year, starting when she was an expat in Sweden and continuing to enjoy her adventures as she has returned home. We visited Stockholm last year, and the city is fabulous, I can imagine the rest of the country is just as beautiful. Find out what Samantha has to say about Christmas in this Scandinavian country!
This week I am lucky to have Margarita from Downshifting Pro sharing her stories about their family’s bi-cultural traditions mixing Christmas in Canada and Colombia. With her Colombian heritage and her husband’s Canadian roots, they have come together to make new traditions for their family. It’s so interesting to see the similarities and differences between Christmas in the two cultures and see how they incorporate these traditions in their holiday celebrations. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I do and thanks Margarita for sharing in our Holiday Celebrations Around the World Series!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate Christmas in Japan? It’s probably similar and different than what you would expect. In this week’s Holiday Celebrations Around the World series, Caleb from Kids Travel Japan is sharing the history and traditions of this country. I was definitely surprised by some of their traditions and I’m guessing you might be too. Celebrating Christmas in Japan With the exception of New Year, Christmas is perhaps the most celebrated holiday on earth. The Western world has truly spread this December holiday to the ends of the earth and Japan is no exception. However, because Japan doesn’t have a thick and deep history of Christianity, the Japanese adore this celebration in their… [Read More]