Christmas is a unique celebration worldwide, with different traditions, decoration assets, carols, and culinary preparations. Whether it’s Santa who brings gifts with the help of his elves & reindeers or if it’s baby Jesus who is rocking on his cradle, there is always time to be grateful to those who surround us.
Usually, Thanksgiving is that time of the year where families and friends get together to give thanks for unity and blessings. However, it’s not the only time where we can appreciate all we have.
“Navidad,” “Joyeux Noël,” “Buon Natale,” Christmas is usually celebrated in Christian places, but did you know that there are other countries where Christmas is not popular but have adopted their own version?
Here are some fun facts about Christmas traditions around the world that you probably didn’t know:
Only 1% of Japan’s population is Christian. However in 1974 Kentucky Fried Chicken started a Marketing campaign to incentivize Japanese to head to their local KFC instead of gathering around the table for a turkey dinner. This tradition is called: “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” or “Kentucky for Christmas!”
Canadian people have always been known for being kind and warm, so it’s no surprise to know that after some time of finding that tons of letters to Santa arrived at Santa’s Canadian zip code (yes, Canadians have their own Santa’s postal code), post office workers began to respond to kids letters and is now a whole program!
Candy canes are originally from Germany. History has it that a choirmaster gave sweet treats to kids during extended church services. However, it wasn’t until 1847 when a German-Swedish immigrant in the US started decorating Christmas trees with these red and white candies.
Let’s make some space before all festivities begin and put a smile on others. It does not have to be a physical gift; sometimes, just being physically present is all it takes.
At Fairmont Mayakoba, we want to show our appreciation to all of our guests and valued members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless. Thinking in lifting spirits and giving back, we have put together a gift giveaway to all of those who invite their friends and families to follow our page and spread the joy. You may see the instructions to participate in the below Instagram post.
Additionally we will be giving back to our community. We are preparing piñatas, candies and toys for kids in our local community so that they can feel the Christmas spirit. If you have been good all year around, Santa may ask them to prepare a surprise for you!