A Canadian Christmas


Canada is very much like the United States in the fact that it is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, particularly around the holiday season. Each person, from whatever background they hail from, has contributed their country's traits. Take, for instance, the Christmas tree (Germany), Santa Claus (United States) and lights in the windows (Ireland).

Though some traditions still hold fast, like the kissing ball and singing old Christmas carols, Canadians have joined the United States in commercializing the holiday. A few French Canadian families hold firm and postpone opening gifts until New Year's Day, but many have converted to the English tradition of presents on Christmas Day. The turkey has also become a primo centerpiece in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals in Canada. Roast goose and beef are still prevalent but the American bird has made its place in Canadian holiday tradition.








Copyright 2003 Mary E. Bishop