It’s Christmas week and we’re continuing our Holidays Around the World Series by heading down under to see how they celebrate Christmas in Australia. I’m excited to have Paula from Contented Traveller sharing the Australian holiday traditions with us.
As we continue with our Holiday Celebrations Around the World Series, we have Jen from Word Traveling sharing her thoughts on Christmas in Germany. Since we just returned from two weeks exploring the Christmas markets in Germany, I am happy Jen is sharing some of the background and history that surrounds the German holiday traditions. We enjoyed strolling the different markets, sampling the lebkuchen and glühwein, and shopping for traditional handicrafts such as wooden ornaments and paper star lanterns. Everything about the experience was magical!
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!
You can find these holiday story books from around the world at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine. The holidays are a wonderful time to teach children about celebrations and traditions in other cultures. If you have been following our Holiday Celebrations Around the World series, you have noticed the uniqueness with which each country approaches the holidays. We love introducing our children to other cultures, and sharing holiday story books from around the world is a tradition we treasure in our home year after year. Here are some of our favorites:
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!
The celebration of Diwali in India is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. I am excited to have Karilyn from No Back Home sharing her insight about this Festival of Lights that takes place throughout India on different dates depending on the the lunar calendar. This is the second post in our Holiday Celebrations Around the World series and honestly, it is a holiday I never knew anything about. Karilyn used to live in India and after reading this, she has convinced me to experience this festival (and India) first hand.
I am thrilled to have Katja Gaskell from Globetotting.com sharing her experience with the Mexican festival of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). I love her site and if you haven’t checked it out, head over there now to see where they are headed on their latest adventure. We have always encouraged our children to learn about other cultures, and one of the easiest ways to do this is through teaching them about traditions, foods, and holiday celebrations. Hopefully, you’ll use this to start a conversation with your kids about celebrations around the world or use it to educate yourself about another culture.