I thought that since it is nearly Christmas which is a Christian Celebration, it would be interesting to share how other Religions and people celebrate their Festivals, like Eid, Diwali, Hannukkah and Yule, or others that might be celebrated in different countries around the world.
Christmas for me starts with Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, there is usually a crib on the altar, which depicts the Birth of Jesus in the stable, and the first thing the Priest does at the start of Midnight Mass he puts the Baby Jesus in the manger in the crib.
Then after singing Christmas Carols during the Mass, at the end of Mass, we all go out into the cold and wish everyone "Happy Christmas" and go home.
Christmas morning when we get up, my Husband and I exchange gifts under the Christmas Tree, and then we go to our Daughter's house for Christmas Lunch, which is turkey and all the trimmings. we have two Daughters and they take it in turns to host Christmas at their houses with their families. Everyone has a cracker and we have great fun reading the "jokes" out and of course wearing our hats. After lunch is the traditional time to open all the presents under the Christmas Tree, and our 3 Grandchildren give them out. We look at what everyone has got, and if there are any toys that need "putting together" my Husband and my sons in law build them, and have a great time. Then we watch television for a while until its time for Dinner. Afterwards we play board games or just read or watch television, until its time to go home.