The magic of Christmas is especially evident in the gifts given to children during this festive season. All over the world, the tradition of giving the smallest gifts becomes an act full of expectation for the youngest.

Christmas, with its charm and magic, brings with it a series of endearing characters from various cultures who are dedicated to bringing joy and gifts to children and that is why we share with you some of the traditions around the world:

Santa Claus at the North Pole

In Western tradition, Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, resides at the North Pole. It is believed that he travels in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, delivering gifts to children on the night of December 24.

La Befana in Italy

In Italy, the Befana is a good witch who flies on her broom to deliver sweets and gifts to Italian children on the night of January 5, known as “Epiphany.”

Ded Moroz in Russia

In Russian culture, Ded Moroz, the Grandfather of Frost, is the bearer of gifts during the winter season, especially on New Year’s Eve.

The Three Wise Men in Spain and Latin America

On the night of January 5-6, the Three Wise Men (Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar) bring gifts to children in Spain and many Latin American countries, marking the celebration of the Epiphany.

Santa Claus is not Finlandia

Joulupukki, the Finnish equivalent of Santa Claus, visits Finnish homes on Christmas Eve, delivering gifts to children.

Hoteiosho in Japan

In Japan, Hoteiosho, a Santa Claus-like figure, brings gifts to children during the oshogatsu season, the New Year celebration.

Christ child in German

In Germany, the Christkind (Baby Jesus) is the one who brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve. This character is represented as an angel with blonde hair and wings.

In some places in Latin America, there is also a tradition that the Child Jesus brings gifts on Christmas night.

Old Easter in Chile

In Chile, Viejo Pascuero (Viejo Pascuero) is the figure who gives gifts to children on Christmas Eve, following Western tradition.

Julenisse in Denmark and Norway

Julenisse is a figure from Scandinavian mythology who is responsible for distributing gifts during Christmas in Denmark and Norway.

Sinterklaas in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas arrives by boat from Spain on December 5 to leave gifts in children’s shoes, a tradition called “Sinterklaasavond.”

How did you behave, travelers? Tell us in the comments which is the most popular tradition in your country.


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