The celebration of Christmas, or “Christ’s Mass” which is a derivative from the Middle English “Christemasse” is generally thought to be a Christian holiday, but it is celebrated by many non-Christians and the date is December 25th. Although this is not the real “Birthday” of Jesus, it is generally the custom for gift-giving, decorations, and storytelling. Many major religions have services, and even though many countries do acknowledge this time of year for celebrations, many are non-Christian and have different beliefs for doing so.
Central to many Countries and beliefs is that of a mythical elf, or saint that brings presents to children and adults alike on this day. Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, and Father Christmas to name a few are central to the season. Many countries also have different beliefs about the origins of this celebration and its gift-giving “Santa Claus” In addition, the way the holiday is celebrated is specific to each Country. Some trim Christmas trees, leave food for Saint Nick, hang stockings, and kiss under mistletoe. The singing of religious songs or “Christmas Carols” is also prevalent. The point is that there are so many different “Beliefs” and legends, about this time of year, it would be impossible to tell them all.
In EPCOT’s World Showcase, you can walk around the eleven Countries and hear “Storytellers” tales of how their Country celebrates this holiday and how they perceive this most festive time of the year. While walking around World Showcase, I took pictures of all the Storytellers stations and plaques which give a brief history of Christmas in that country. With several other pictures of EPCOT celebrating the season, I hope they put you into the spirit of the season!