Christmas Around The World

a lit candle for Christmas

Christmas Decorations Around The World

Christmas is one holiday that’s celebrated the world over but no more so it feels, than in Essex. As is always the case in Essex however, bigger is always better which will mean a countless amount of homes competing with each other for the best Christmas lights of the year.


In the UK when people think of Christmas decorations they think of bright lights, model reindeer and perhaps a few decorated trees but what about the rest of the world? Each country has its very own traditions and in keeping with our multicultural staff and guests here at the Marygreen Manor, we thought we’d take a look at each.


Sticking close to home to start with, let’s look at Ireland. Candles are a big part of their yearly tradition being placed in the window of each home to welcome Jesus and visitors. What makes this tradition a little more interesting is the fact that only a woman named Mary can blow the candle out (or switch them off if they’ve used an electric one). In Belgium, Christmas is still very much based around religion unlike the commercial side of things that sometimes get focused on over here. Parades are a huge part of their celebrations and will always finish at a place of worship to remind people of what the holiday is actually about.

christmas baubles

Christmas Decorations Around the World

Puerto Rican homes still focus their Christmas ornaments around the Saints, the Holy Family and the Three Kings; again very religious. Their Christmas traditions will carry on until January 5th too where the children will leave grain, water and grass beneath their beds for the Three Kings or Wise Men. This is traditionally to give them food, drink and something to feed their camels with. A little different to mince pies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer.


Just because you don’t originate from these parts of the world doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their traditions. Any one of these decorations and traditions can be adapted to suit your own family’s celebrations, just as they might with ours, like our Christmas Lunches and rather fabulous Christmas day dinners. If you’d like more information on any of our Christmas events or any other fun and fantastic event we might be hosting, why not sign up to our mailing list by emailing

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