The 12 Countries of Christmas

Christmas means a lot to me and my family.  It’s the one time of year when we all come together to exchange gifts, eat far too much food, and socialize and laugh over games and drinks.  In America, it’s a family holiday, and offices across the country are closed for multiple days for the celebration.  We decorate trees in our living rooms, and we hang lights all throughout the cities.  It’s a time of giving and joy and coming together.

I love Christmas.

Spending a year abroad, there’s every chance we’ll spend the holiday in a foreign country.  And we know that not everyone celebrates it the same as we do.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2015
Photo by Brianna Shade, used with permission

Japan

In the first country of of Christmas, Japan brings to us:

A bucket of KFC.

Germany

In the second country of of Christmas, Germany brings to us:

Two present-givers
and A bucket of KFC.

New Zealand

In the third country of of Christmas, New Zealand brings to us:

Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

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Photo by Artem Marchenko, Creative Commons

Croatia

In the fourth country of of Christmas, Croatia brings to us:

Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

Greenland

In the fifth country of of Christmas, Greenland brings to us:

Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

Argentina

In the sixth country of of Christmas, Argentina brings to us:

Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

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Photo by Tristan Schmurr, Creative Commons

China

In the seventh country of of Christmas, China brings to us:

Seven Christmas apples,
Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

South Africa

In the eighth country of of Christmas, South Africa brings to us:

Eight lekker puddings,
Seven Christmas apples,
Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

Mexico

In the ninth country of of Christmas, Mexico brings to us:

Nine days of posadas,
Eight lekker puddings,
Seven Christmas apples,
Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

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Photo by Reji, Creative Commons

India

In the tenth country of of Christmas, India brings to us:

Ten kuswar dishes,
Nine days of posadas,
Eight lekker puddings,
Seven Christmas apples,
Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

Romania

In the eleventh country of of Christmas, Romania brings to us:

Eleven Christmas carols,
Ten kuswar dishes,
Nine days of posadas,
Eight lekker puddings,
Seven Christmas apples,
Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.

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Photo by catvgale, Creative Commons

Iceland

In the twelfth country of of Christmas, Iceland brings to us:

(More than) twelve days of Yule,
Eleven Christmas carols,
Ten kuswar dishes,
Nine days of posadas,
Eight lekker puddings,
Seven Christmas apples,
Six thousand globos,
Five advent stars,
Four advent candles,
Three pairs of jandals,
Two present-givers,
and A bucket of KFC.


Merry Christmas to you and your family, however you celebrate it!

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