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Most romantic Christmas traditions from around the world: Part One

While us Brits are snogging under the mistletoe, others are following their own coupley Christmas traditions...

PORTUGAL—ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

At their traditional Christmas morning feast, Casada, the Polish lay an extra seat at the table. This is an invitation for the spirits of loved ones departed to join them as they celebrate this time of peace and goodwill to all. 


GREECE—LOVE BURNS BRIGHT

In the feast of Thessaly, boys place cedar branches and girls, white cherry branches, over a blazing fire. The owner of the branches that burn the brightest are said to be destined to marry. 


VENEZUELA—GET YOUR SKATES ON!

In the week leading up to Christmas, devout Venezuelan's attend early morning mass with a difference. All the roads surrounding their local place of worship are closed to enable them to travel by roller-skate, hand-in-hand with their most cherished ones. 


USA—A PICKLE FOR YOUR OTHER HALF

While us Brits cram our trees with baubles and chocolates, an American tree will usually also feature one additional ingredient—a pickle. The strange tradition is though to stem from the Civil War, when a private fearing starvation on Christmas Eve was granted his wish of one pickle from his captor. He survived his ordeal and claimed that it was the pickle that saved his life. 


POLAND—DRAWING THE LONG OR SHORT STRAW

During the traditional Christmas Eve supper, Wigilia, Polish families hide a pile of straws under the tablecloth to symbolise the birth of Christ in a straw-filled manger. Singletons and non-marrieds are invited to blindly draw a straw. If they draw a green straw, the following year will bring marriage, but if they choose a yellow straw, they will remain single for the next 12 months. 


UKRAINE–INSPIRING THE WORLD TO HANG TINSEL

A lonely widow couldn't afford to decorate her Christmas tree. Her house spiders heard her wail and spent Christmas Eve spinning beautiful silvery webs all over her tree. Some believe that this Ukrainian fable is the reason that so many cultures around the world today hang silver tinsel around their Christmas trees. 


FINLAND—READING THE FUTURE IN A BUCKET

On New Year's Day, molten tin is added to buckets of cold water. The resulting shapes are then analysed and used to predict the future. Singletons hope to discover love hearts as a sign that romance is about to enter their lives. 


JAPAN—DINNER FOR TWO AT...KFC!

For the Japanese, Christmas is much like Valentine's Day—and opportunity to share the love with their significant other. In recent times, the most popular way to celebrate has been with a romantic dinner at none other than chicken in a bucket restaurant, KFC. So much so that reservations have become compulsory! 


UK—A KISS BENEATH THE MISTLETOE

A roundup of romantic Christmas traditions wouldn't be complete without a nod to a kiss beneath the mistletoe. The tradition is thought to date from Druid times, when mistletoe was a symbol of fertility. Maybe that's why the UK birth rate continues to go through the roof in September! 


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.