I think it was mid-November this year when Christmas decorations started coming up around Zhuhai. And Christmas Carols are heard. And Starbuck’s Toffee Nut Latte was back to the menu…
Every year Multicultural Kid Blogs orgsnizes Christmas around the World series. This year we decided to get creative and introduce various Christmas related themes and objects as they are around the world. I got – Christmas Decorations!
Since I was a child, decorating Christmas tree (even if we didn’t celebrate Christmas in Soviet Union) was sometimes magical. Putting up everything up, hanging garlands. Shops and offices would hang out posters, pictures etc.
Nowadays, we like to explore different places that decorate for Christmas and they are gorgeous!
Take a look at these pictures of Christmas trees taken by my friend Mark in Hong Kong!
So, first let me quickly summarize what Christmas decorations are there (they are pretty much the same!). And then, share with you what they looks like around the world.
1. Christmas Tree:
They come in all sizes and shapes. In some places until now people cut them down from the forests. In others – people use plastic ones.
Here is a beautiful tree which was just put up in Dulwich College, Zhuhai, China.
2. Christmas Plants and Wreaths:
Holly, misletoe, poisettia and ivy are the plans people place in their houses besides Christmas trees.
Wreaths are traditionally made of real or fake conifer branches. But nowadays, they are made of so many other things!
This is an adorable wreath craft from Mama Smiles.
3. Outdoor Decorations:
It is traditional to decorate your house (if you live in one) outside and around with lights, sleighs, snowmen, Nativity scenes and anything that comes to mind and is associated with Christmas.
Here’s a beautifully decorated house that belongs to my friend Jay, in North America.
4. Stockings, candy canes, garlands, candles and angels.
Stockings are not a very common decoration for Christmas in Russia. In general, Russian Christmas decorations are slightly different – no candy canes, no stockings, no wreaths. But there are always some beautiful lights, garlands and candles.
This is a Christmas tree in my mom’s home several years ago – originally shared over at Red Ted Art
Check out how Christmas is decorated and celebrated by several MKB bloggers in other countries!
Alternative Christmas Trees by the piri-piri lexicon
Christmas in Finland by Multilingual Parenting
Christmas in Germany by La Cité de Vents
This is our third year doing our Christmas in Different Lands series, and we couldn’t be more excited! It is always fun to learn more about Christmas traditions around the world, so stay tuned as bloggers share holiday fun from different lands. For even more glimpses of global Christmas celebrations, see our series from previous years (2013 and 2014), plus follow MKB Christmas board on Pinterest!