Christmas is a period of the year that everyone cherishes everyone and when things happen just because. It is more to it than the snow and the joy. As these two ones come from the deep meaning of Christmas and from what it had actually meant in the old times. However, all the above being said, each people took the tradition and transformed it to be able to mould on their needs and characteristics.
Henceforward, you will learn how the different people from all over the world spend their Christmas. It is a good start to take Ireland for example. Getting ready for Christmas in this location of the world, starts twelve days before Christmas. A day before Christmas you should fast as it is said that the Virgin Mary being upset that day, did not eat anything. You should not eat fish either as it has blood. Another thing you should care for this day, is not to lend anything, as you may lose your luck, if you lend something from the house in the Christmas Eve. On the Christmas day each family puts at the border of their windows a lighted candle. At the Christmas Eve mass each person participates and before leaving the mass they use to leave on the table a glass of whisky for Santa Claus and some carrots for the reindeers.
In Spain, during Christmas time the children here are much pampered. They receive gifts on the 24th December and as well on the 6th January, on the Day of the Wise Men. The Wise Men put the presets in their boots just like the Saint Nicholas from other countries. In many towns in Spain, there is the Wise Men procession. In old times, in the Spanish villages, in the Christmas Eve, they used to make presents to the people that gathered the crops, protected the herds and participated at other house works. These gifts represented olive oil, nuts, dry fruits and other good things. This has remained a respected tradition and even nowadays there are baskets that are full with these natural things and ready to be given as a present.