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Christmas Around The World...BELGIUM! ♥ Photo: Great Market ready for Christmas, Brussels Small family Christmas presents are also given at Christmas too, under the tree, or in stockings near the fire-place, to be found in the morning or opened on Christmas Eve.The traditional Christmas breakfast is the same as the normal Sunday breakfast eaten throughout the year.

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Christmas Around The World...BELGIUM! ♥ Photo: A Christmas tree is illuminated at the Grand Place in central BrusselsOn Christmas Eve ('Kerstavond' in Flemish and 'le réveillion de Noël' in Walloon), a special meal is eaten by most families. It starts with a drink (apéritif) and 'nibbles', followed by a 'starter' course such as sea-food, and then stuffed turkey. The dessert is 'Kerststronk' or 'la bûche de Noël' a chocolate Christmas Log made of sponge roll layered with cream.

Christmas Around The World...ARGENTINA! ♥ People go to the church with family, then come back to a family gathering. At midnight after eating they toast, then the adults' dance while younger people go out to see the fireworks. After this they go to sleep, but not before they open the presents under the Christmas tree. That day is very special for because they are Christian and celebrate Jesus' birth on the 24th of December. Buenos Aires street for Christmas Photo via:

Christmas Around The World...BULGARIA! ♥ Photo: Christmas Eve Dinner Christmas Eve is as important as Christmas day in Bulgaria. A special diner, consisting of at least twelve dishes is prepared. All of them are without meat and each of them represents a separate month of the year. The dishes consist of beans, different kinds of nuts, dried plums, cakes, and the traditional Banitza.On this day the whole family gathers, eat on straw and get off the table in the same time.

Christmas Around The World...CANADA! ♥ Photo: Otawa at Christmas by Howard Sandler In Canada,from 1875 onwards, Christmas lost its essentially religious character, at least for Anglophones and the upper middle class.Little by little it became a community festival which gave rise to much family merry-making. New customs began to take root.Henceforth, the decorated Christmas tree, the crche with its santons or plaster figures, gifts and the Christmas "rveillon" became part of family tradition.