Many people all around the world celebrate Christmas, an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The celebratory customs associated in various countries have a mix of religious and secular origins. The season is observed in different ways, varying by country and region. Common elements include lighting of a Christmas tree, hanging of wreaths, singing carols, or displaying Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.
In Brazil, celebrations resemble in many ways the traditions of Europe and North American, with exchanging of gifts, sending Christmas cards, and decorating houses and buildings with lights. Despite the warm tropical summer weather, some decorations include the theme of winter and snow. In Poland, Christmas Eve begins with a day of fasting and then a night of feasting. The traditional Polish Christmas meal is known as Wigilia or vigil. We hope that during this season you and your staff having an opportunity to share family traditions and customs about the holiday season you cherish. In addition, please take an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how your international participants celebrate in their home countries.
This time of years is a great opportunity to sponsor or host a cultural exchange event. See a few of AAG’s Recommendations:
1. Host a Dessert Bash – All you need to do is determine a location, send an evite and encourage your staff to bring their favorite sweets. Click here for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Holiday Desserts Recipes.
2. Create an International Holiday Card Campaign – Does your organization distribute holiday to your key clients or guests? If so, maybe this is a perfect opportunity to create an international Holiday Card Campaign. You could invite you international staff to sign a holiday card to send home to their family or friends. This could be the perfect time to talk and share about holiday customs and traditions in their home country. In addition, it will bring brand awareness and pride to those that receive a Holiday Card!
3. Organize a Holiday Caroling Volunteer Outing – Most of our local hospitals, or nursing homes need support is promoting the holiday spirit. Just give them a call and see if there is a need for very diverse caroling group. For additional tips for caroling in your local neighborhood click here.
Please send your cultural exchange event summaries or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.