|Christmas Traditions Around the World
Christmas Traditions Around the World
Christmas Traditions in Lebanon
On Christmas Eve families and friends gather around their Christmas tree for an evening of celebration. The meal often features meat or chicken, wine or arak (a Lebanese drink), and the dessert is Bûche de Noël, a French Christmas cake decorated to look like a yule log. At midnight, the churchbells ring in the cities and towns as people go to church in their new clothes. Papa Noel (Santa Claus) is the gift bringer and the children eagerly await his arrival. They hang red stocking by the chimney to be filled with sweets.
throughout the Middle East people visit friends on Christmas morning
and are offered coffee, liqueurs and sugared almonds. Lunch at
is the most important meal of the season and the whole family
for it, usually at grandparents or the eldest sons' home. The
meal consists of chicken and rice, and Kubbeh, which is made up of
or burghul mixed with meat, onion, salt and paper.