10 Holiday traditions from across the world

By Tracee M. Herbaugh

Countries all over the world will be celebrating the holidays together in spirit. Though many think of the holiday season as a menagerie of red and green, yuletide caroling and Santa Claus, other parts of the world have their own rich traditions and celebrations. This makes the holiday season a perfect time to introduce your children to the many cultures of the world.


St. Lucia Day in Sweden

St. Lucia Day honors a third-century saint on December 13, when girls dress up as “Lucia brides” and wear long white gowns and red sashes — a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. The attire is accompanied with a wreath of burning candles on their heads. The girls wake up their families by singing songs and offering coffee, and a traditional bun, called St. Lucia’s bun and made from saffron, is commonly eaten on this day.

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