Last year, I wrote about how Christmas looks so different. About how I was confused to be spending Christmas in Chile as it looks so very different to Christmas in England. So, this year I thought it would be fun to compare the two.
The build up
England: Christmas starts many months before the big day! Christmas cards, presents and decorations fill the shops from September onwards (slowly but surely until Christmas can be seen everywhere!). I really think that this is because Christmas is a huge thing to look forward to amongst the cold, dark months.
Chile: In comparison, in Chile, Christmas is a much more low-key event. There are decorations in shops now but it’s much less of a big deal. Instead, Chileans main celebration is their national day in September.
England: Christmas is celebrated on the 25th December with a late lunch at home or at a family member’s home. The 26th is a public holiday too and people tend to visit other family, go to a football match or stay at home eating leftovers.
Chile: Christmas is celebrated on the evening of 24th December. People go to work as normal that day and maybe leave a bit early to get home. Most people have a late evening meal (really late) and many go to midnight mass too. The 25th feels like a normal day with family. Then, everyone is back to work on the 26th.
England: A cold and wintery but cosy day. Despite the snow themed decorations, it is verrrrry unlikely to snow on Christmas day, even though lots of people wish it would!
Chile: Hot, hot, hot! The temperate is above 30. Last year on our wedding date (26th Dec), it reached 36 and it was HOT!
Funnily enough, despite the difference in temperature, the decoration is very similar: Christmas trees, light, snow-themed decorations. However, there is more decorating in England compared to Chile. Though putting lights up outside homes is becoming more popular in Chile too.
England: A traditional Christmas meal is turkey, stuffing, gravy, road potatoes and vegetables. Followed by Christmas cake or Christmas pudding.
Chile: In Chile, some people have a BBQ, or turkey.
Where are you celebrating Christmas? Is it different from Christmas at home?
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