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By Julie Schmiegelow 
Christmas is carolling, crackers and candy canes. It is presents, pudding and pantomimes. It is stockings, songs and Santa.

This section will take you through the most common holiday traditions – but you will also read about the specific Christmas traditions found in Britain, the United States and Australia.

Find out where Christmas was once forbidden by law – and learn more about the stories, the decorations, the music, the movies and all the sweet treats.

Merry Christmas everyone - and a happy New Year!

Christmas dates in 2016

First Sunday in Advent – November 27th
Second Sunday in Advent – December 4th
Third Sunday in Advent – December 11th
Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18th
Christmas Eve – December 24th
Christmas Day – December 25th
Boxing Day – December 26th
Epiphany – January 6th 2016