There are so many Christmas traditions in the United States that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Whether you call it a White Elephant gift exchange or a Secret Santa, it’s even more exciting to know that Christmas is celebrated around the world. From China to Italy, and France and Greece, here are the Christmas traditions that once you know you’ll want to bring into your own homes. Here’s the history of a few favorite Christmas traditions in the United States to get started.
Candy-filled calendars in Germanyistock/lsannes
The only thing better than a countdown to Christmas is a chocolate-filled one. In Germany, children receive calendars (often made of cardboard) filled with 24 squares decorated with festive drawings. Starting on December 1, they peel one open each day and gobble up the piece of chocolate hiding behind the flap. Buy one online or try making your own version—like these simple DIY advent calendars.