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"I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens.


Christmas Traditions Around the World

    Christmas in Greenland

    In Greenland there is a lot of visiting of families, drinking coffee and eating cakes, as well as giving of brightly wrapped presents which might consist of a model sledge, a pair of tusks, or even a sealskin mitt.

    Everyone in the village gets a gift and children go from hut to hut, singing songs.

    Christmas trees are imported and decorated with candles as well as bright ornaments. There is dancing most of the night. After the coffee, cakes and carols everyone is given Mattak which is whale skin with a strip of blubber inside is given to everyone. The taste of it is much like coconut, but is tough to chew and is usually just swallowed.

    Another food that is eaten is Kiviak which consists of raw flesh of an auk which has been buried whole in sealskin for several months until they have reached an advanced stage of decomposition.

    This is the one night of which the women are waited on by the men.

    There are games played including one in which an object is passed from hand to hand round a long table under the cloth.

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