Christmas traditions vary from country to country and over the years Christmas has taken quite a unique shape in terms of customs and celebrations. Let’s look at some of the major celebrations of Christmas across Europe:
Christmas Décor (trees and lights): The Christmas fever starts from mid-November when retailers start to deck out for holiday season. The main European shopping streets try to give each other run for their money in decorating the buildings and shops. According to a survey average retail expenditures on Christmas are estimated to go as high up as 80 billion euros for each city this year.
You’ll be surprised to know that Christmas tree, an essential Christmas décor item, was not always a part of Christmas revelries. This tradition roots back to Germany from where it was adopted by the high-class families in Britain in the late 19th century as a Christmas fashion. Initially candles were used to light up the trees which were later replaced by the small light bulbs that we see nowadays.
Christmas Markets around Europe: Christmas Markets are highly anticipated by the shoppers and stay jam packet till the day comes. The oldest Christmas markets are the ones in Vienna and Germany dating as far back as 1500. Typical European Markets comprise of small wooden stalls selling Christmas toys, wood carvings, cribs and other objects made by craftsmen; not to forget the culinary delights and Christmas specialties which spread appetizing aroma attracting hundreds of hungry commuters towards them.
The most famous Christmas markets are held in Berlin, Vienna, London, Budapest and Barcelona. Christmas is a family event and thought to be best spent at home. Red Apple Apartments have a pride of serving you with home like apartments in all these European Capitals so you can have it like a home even if you’re in an exotic town.Click here for more options.
Christmas Food Traditions: Food traditions vary in every European district but wine staples with all of them. Many keep meat fast until the Christmas Eve. In France the fast is broken after the mid-night with a feast of various roasted meat dishes along with the wine. Danish Christmas is all about baking, the kids bake traditional cookies, biscuits, and cakes. The Christmas lunches are a long series of served plates of pudding, fish, meat dishes and then cheeses and biscuits that go with the gin & beer. In London the Christmas dinner includes a variety of meats ranging from Raw Duck, pigeon and pork to roasted beef served with sautéed sprouts and mulled wine.
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