The Occurrence of European Christmas traditions
The European Christmas traditions are known to revolve around European countries like Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Spain, Scandinavia, United Kingdom amongst others. The tradition according to each country is rooted to ancient practices while others are rooted to mythology. These countries share many of the European Christmas traditions with each country having a twist in the celebration.
The St. Nicholas day is one of the European Christmas traditions that is common among all these countries. This feast day is enhanced by the inclusion of singing of hymns and the preparation and presentation of the twelve meals during Christmas Eve supper. Children really enjoy this particular tradition amongst the other European Christmas traditions because it involves the retrieval of gifts. Children are dressed in devils and angel costumes and sing carols from one house to another and in return receive gifts; this usually takes place on the 5th of December. According to these Christmas traditions, St. Nicholas is depicted as the founder of traditions that favor both the old and little in Europe with gifts of all kinds.
In other countries, the European Christmas traditions involve the replacement of St. Nicholas by Santa Claus who visits children on the 6th of December delivering presents. The observation of the advent is another important Christmas tradition that involves the awaiting of the birth of Jesus Christ that takes place during Christmas Eve.
Very many superstitions, customs and prophecies are integrated in the European Christmas traditions, their origin being ancient traditions. St. Barbara’s day and St. Andrew’s day are known as prophesying days that occur on the 30th of November and 4th of December respectively. St. Lucia’s day is the only day that is associated with superstition thus depicted the evening of evil spirits. According to custom, Santa Claus should deliver gifts to the children of Europe on the 6th of December early in the morning without delay. All of these events fall under the European Christmas traditions but not everyone participates in them because with their relation with evil; Christmas is very religious time that only needs peace and love spread all over.