Christians celebrate by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their families. In some parts of Europe, “star singers” go carolling where they sing special Christmas songs as they walk behind a huge star on a pole.
In Ireland, Christmas festivities tend to be more religious in nature rather than being about gifts. Christmas celebrations last from Christmas Eve until January 6. On December 26, known as St. Stephen’s Day, an Irish tradition, known as the Wren Boys Procession, takes place.
In the Ukraine, Christmas Eve festivities are known as Sviata Vechera, which means “Holy Supper”. The celebration begins when the first evening star is sighted in the night sky. In farming communities, the household head brings in a sheaf of wheat, which symbolizes the wheat crops of Ukraine. It is called “didukh,” which translates to “grandfather spirit.” In homes within the city, a few stalks of wheat may be used to decorate the table.
In the UK, the main Christmas meal is usually eaten at lunchtime on Christmas Day. It's normally roast turkey, roast vegetables and vegetables like carrots & peas, stuffing and sometimes bacon and sausages (pigs in blankets). It's often served with cranberry sauce and bread sauce. Traditionally, and before turkey was available, roast beef or goose was the main Christmas meal. One vegetable that is often at Christmas in the UK are brussels sprouts. Dessert is often Christmas Pudding. Mince pies and lots of chocolates are often eaten as well!