As I was scrolling through photos of Christmas around the world on the Internet, it struck me how differently this holiday was celebrated depending on where in the world you were. While Australians sunbath to the sound of “Jingle Bells”, Danes dance around Christmas trees in the comfort of their homes. Snow and cold weather outside has no or little effect on their festive moods. Hindus and Buddhists, on the other hand, don’t do anything special. There is no Christmas shopping and gift exchange during this time of the year for them. And yet, even those people and nations who don’t celebrate Christmas can’t escape it. Most of the time, this holiday comes to their homes through Christmas photos and TV news from around the world.
What does Christmas Mean to Me?
For me Christmas has always been associated with the snow, Christmas trees with bright lights, and wrapped gift boxes. I grew up in a place that had shaped my vision of Christmas not only in my own little home country, but also around the world. With time, the idea of having gifts underneath the Christmas tree faded away. But the snow and Christmas lights are still alive even if it’s only in my dreams.
After moving to California, my mental image of Christmas around the world had expanded. In the beginning it was very unsettling not to have the snow for Christmas. We had to drive to mountains to see this white natural phenomenon that is such an integral part of Christmas for many people in different countries.
This year, however, I spent a couple of weeks in Europe during the holiday season. And even though, there was still no snow in the picture, Christmas spirit hit me early. So early that I put up my Christmas tree as soon as got back to California.
Christmas around the World Photo Diary
I have to be really honest, my Christmas around the World photo diary is a work of progress. I haven’t celebrated Christmas in all countries around the world. In truth, I can count those countries on the fingers of one of my hands. Nevertheless, this special holiday brings so much joy and happiness, that I couldn’t avoid doing something special. And therefore, here is my humble Christmas around the World photo diary.