What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition, Dahlgren? Read About These Other Traditions From Around the Globe!

Here in the U.S., parades, tree lightings, and visits with Santa at the local mall are all common ways to celebrate the holiday season. But what about the rest of the world? What are some ways that other countries get in the holiday spirit? Read about some international seasonal celebrations below!

1) Christmas Markets [bootsnall.com]
Traditional Christmas markets are commonplace all around Europe during the holiday season. These nostalgic, old-fashioned markets are typically held outdoors and provide shoppers with an opportunity to complete their holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere. Regional handicrafts, seasonal decor, food, and drinks all are part of the experience.

2) Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival [bootsnall.com]
This three-day-long winter festival ushers in the New Year with a torchlight procession that winds its way through the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. More than 80,000 people are known to participate every year, creating a “river of fire” that illuminates the city streets. The procession takes place annually on Dec. 31.

3) New Year's in Russia [www.timeanddate.com]
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are arguably the most anticipated holidays in Russia. The celebrations begin with a feast on the evening of Dec. 31, which usually involves traditional fare such as sparkling wine, stuffed cabbage, herring, and a medley of sweets. The next morning, children unwrap presents delivered by Father Frost during the night.

Sound off, Dahlgren: What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

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