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Lesson plan for schools. Christmas customs and sayings in many different countries around the world.

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<ul><li> 1. &amp; the WinterWONDERWoodland campaignPresent </li> <li> 2. Christmas Around the World! </li> <li> 3. AustraliaIt is summer in Australiaat Christmas time so it isvery, very hot. Familiesoften go to the beach onChristmas Day andinstead of having a hotroast turkey dinner theyhave a barbeque! </li> <li> 4. AustraliaAustralian children arentlooking to the skies forSantas sleigh they arewatching the waves! InAustralia, Santa arrives ona surfboard or a sledpulled by six whitekangaroos. </li> <li> 5. Brazilian children dont say MerryChristmas like we do in the UK.Instead they sayFeliz Natal!Brazil </li> <li> 6. Brazilian children call SantaClaus Papai Noel and like inAustralia, they celebrateChristmas during their summertime so it is very hot.In fact, it is so hot that Santawears red silk instead of hisusual cosy winter clothes!Brazil </li> <li> 7. Chinese children dont say MerryChristmas like we do in the UK either.Instead they sayShang Dan Jiang!China </li> <li> 8. Children in China dontdecorate Christmas trees.They use bright colouredpaper lanterns with candlesinsight to decorate instead.They hang stockings up forSanta just like we do in theUK though!China </li> <li> 9. Chinese children have adifferent name for Santathan we do they call himSheng Dan Lao Ren whichmeans old manChristmas!China </li> <li> 10. In China people still go towork and children go toschool on Christmas Day.This is because China is aBuddhist country.Dont worry they get aholiday for Chinese New Yearinstead!China </li> <li> 11. French children dont say MerryChristmas like we do in the UK.Instead they sayJoyeux Noel!France </li> <li> 12. The Christmas tree isnt as popular inFrance, but many families in thesouth of France burn a Yule Log intheir fireplace from Christmas Eveuntil New Years Day. A long timeago, part of the log was used tomake the wedge for the plough asgood luck for the coming harvest.France </li> <li> 13. le sapin Pre Nol un cadeauune toile un renne un traneauFrance </li> <li> 14. German children dont say MerryChristmas like we do in the UK.Instead they sayFrliche Weihnachten!Germany </li> <li> 15. German children wait for St.Nicholas rather than Santa Clausto deliver their presents.As well as the presents under thetree, German children put theirshoes outside their rooms to befilled with small presents just likeUK children do with stockings!Germany </li> <li> 16. Norweigan children dont say MerryChristmas like we do in the UK.Instead they sayGod Jul!Norway </li> <li> 17. It is traditional in Norway tocircle the tree before openingpresents. Families stand in a bigcircle around the ChristmasTree, hold hands and walk ordance around the tree whilstsinging Christmas carols.Norway </li> <li> 18. Every year the people of Oslo, Norwaygive London a huge Christmas tree whichis put up in Trafalgar Square. During theSecond World War King Haakon ofNorway and was thrown off the throne, heran away from the fighting and came toBritain. Since 1947 we have been sent agiant Norwegian Spruce as a great bigthank you for looking after him so well.Norway </li> <li> 19. Dutch children dont say MerryChristmas like we do in the UK.Instead they sayZalig Kerstfeest!Netherlands </li> <li> 20. The main Christmascelebration in theNetherlands is held on 6thDecember, but Dutchchildren also celebrateSinterklaasavond which islike our Christmas Eve.Netherlands </li> <li> 21. The name Santa Claus comesfrom the Dutch word Sinterklaaswhich means St. Nicholas.St. Nicholas is who many peopleconsider to be the first knownSanta Claus.Netherlands </li> <li> 22. Just like Germanchildren, Dutch childrenleave their shoes out inthe hope that Sinterklaaswill leave chocolates andtreats for them. Theyalso leave a carrot forSinterklaas reindeer.Netherlands </li> </ul>