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Christmas around the world

Posted - Dec. 23, 2012 at 10:04 a.m.



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We wanted to know how you celebrate Christmas, particularly in other places of the world.

On Facebook Mildred Butolan Oman from the Philippines shared pictures of parols, special star-shaped Christmas lanterns that almost every family in the Philippines either builds or buys to hang by their windows or doors.

She also wrote that "The Philippines is known for having the world's longest Christmas season. The four months that end with the syllable -ber are considered Christmas months" - so it's normal to start hearing Christmas carols on September 1st.

Allison Smith Tullis served her mission in Costa Rica and wrote "they do not place the baby Jesus in their Nativity scenes until midnight on Christmas Eve to signify his birth. This way, the focus of their celebration is the birth of our Savior."

For some lighter traditions, Sharon Ugolini Moss says The Befana, "keeps (her) connected to her Italian roots and traditions".

The Befana is "the Christmas witch" in Italy and she delivers candy or coal to children, depending on their behavior, on January 6.

To read more Christmas traditions from around the world, or to add your own, go to the Mormon Times TV Facebook page.

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