Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Around the World

Poland has some wonderful old traditions that center around Christ. On Christmas eve the family gathers around the dinner table that is covered with straw with a white tablecloth laid over it. They wait for the sign of the first star in the evening sky before sitting down to eat their meatless meal. This is called the feast of the little star. Originally there would be 12 courses symbolic of the 12 Apostles. They set an extra chair and table setting to welcome Christ, or any unexpected guest, in remembrance of Joseph and Mary needing a welcoming place that night long ago.

Do you know of any traditions from other countries that help you remember Christ at Christmas? Please share with us!

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