The story of Christmas around the world > 1

From North, South, East and West, there are more beliefs and traditions that unite rather than divide people, especially around the meaning of Christmas. 

In the following series of entries, we list a sampling of Christmas traditions around the world, which demonstrates that while countries have their own unique celebrations, a common theme still emerges: No matter the frenzy and materialism in some parts of the world, there is an inescapable moment when peoples’ hearts recognize the special grace that comes with this season, the certainty that love, peace, hope, family, faith, charity and community are possible.

Sources
http://www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.html
http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christmas-quotes.html
http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/traditions/syria.htm
http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/noel/angl/noel.htm
http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/zimbabwe.shtml
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/2600621.stm
http://library2.nalis.gov.tt/Default.aspx?PageContentID=63&tabid=135
http://www.irishclans.com/articles/irish_christmas.html
http://www.ireland-now.com/christmas.html
http://www.escuelai.com/spanish_magazine/christmas_spain.html
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/indepth/2005/christmas/articles/aeaafdf6-141d-4e72-9035-ea23efbc766b.lpf

The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, by Gerald Bowler, McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2000.

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