Have you ever thought how different our Christmas traditions are in the eyes of a foreign exchange student? Every SHARE! host family celebrates in their own little way while learning traditions of another country! Did you know...
- Nutcrackers & gingerbread houses originated in Germany?
- The Spanish never eat their Christmas dinner until after midnight the eve of Christmas?
- The Italian children write a letter of love to their parents instead of Santa?
- The Swiss decorate their trees on Christmas Eve with candles? (The candles are lit only on Christmas Eve when gifts are opened and on New Year’s Day for good luck).
- In Sweden, "no work shall be made" other then feeding the livestock and preparing for the Christmas meal called “Smorgasbord?’
Here in the Cedar Lakes Region (Minnesota, Iowa & Wisconsin) we had our annual Holiday Party with over 70 people participating and SHARE!ing in our American customs with host families & exchange students. We enjoyed the day by making Christmas tree decorations, frosting sugar cookies, bobbing for apples, Twister, musical chairs, piñata, a gift exchange, a visit from Santa and sweet treats!
What a wonderful way to celebrate this Holiday Season from around the world!