Christmas is likely the most celebrated holiday throughout the world, though its celebration varies from country to country. Here are some of the ways that Christmas is celebrated throughout the world.
Finland: In Finland, families gather together and listen to the “Peace of Christmas” national radio broadcast on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, it is customary for them to visit the gravesites of their loved ones.
Germany: Germany was the first country to celebrate the holiday by decorating Christmas trees. In the 1820s, German immigrants brought the tradition to Pennsylvania. In 1840, when Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (modern day Germany) married Queen Victoria, he brought the tradition with him to England.
Mexico: In Mexico, papier-mâché sculptures called piñatas filled with candy and coins are hung from the ceiling. Children take turns hitting the piñata until it breaks, then race to gather as much candy as they can.
Ukraine: In the Ukraine, a traditional Christmas meal consists of 12 courses. The family’s youngest child watches out the window for the evening star to appear, the signal that the feast can begin.
The Catskills: In the Catskills, we have our own tradition. We meet at The Sullivan Event Center for the annual Community Christmas Party. The night includes a gourmet buffet, dancing, cocktails, dessert, and entertainment. This year, the party takes place on Saturday, December 10, from 7-11pm. Admission is $45 for a cash bar or $75 for open bar. The meal is catered by Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant.
To reserve your tickets for this year’s Christmas party, please call (845) 796-3100, or visit http://www.the-sullivan.com/.