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Christmas in Canada..

Posted by gottabkd on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What are your special holiday traditions? This article from MSN Kids Corner which is partially excerpted here, explains some of the traditions throughout Canada:

Christmas in Canada – Traditions:
Trimming trees. Stringing lights. Gathering family. In Canada, many holiday events are universal, but different regions have different Christmas customs and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.

In Northern Canada, a big winter festival called Sinck Tuck is celebrated by the Inuit and features parties with dancing and the exchanging of gifts. Also in Northern Canada, taffy pulls are held in honour of Saint Catherine, the patron saint of single women. This party traditionally provided an opportunity for single women to meet eligible single men.

In Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, songs and carols brought from Britain two centuries ago are sung each Christmas morning. During the 12 days of Christmas, small groups of belsnicklers, or masked mummers, appear in neighborhoods ringing bells, making noise, seeking candy or other treats. People dress up in costumes and knock on doors, asking in a disguised voice, “Are there any Mummers in the night?” or “Any mummers ‘loud in?” Then they sing and dance and have Christmas treats before moving on to the next house. If the host does not guess who the Mummers are, he or she must join the Mummers in their merry-making.


In Newfoundland and Labrador, turnips are saved from the summer harvest and come Christmas Eve, are hollowed out and given to children with a lit candle inside. It’s also customary to “fish for the church” during Christmas week. In the spirit of giving, catches are sold to support the local parish.

In Quebec, crèches or nativity scenes are displayed in homes as Christmas decorations. After attending midnight mass, families may return home to enjoy tourtiere or pork pie. Another favorite food are boulettes or small meatballs that may be served during the Christmas Eve midnight feast of reveillon which can go well into the wee hours. Topping off the meal is the Yule log: a chocolate cake in the shape of a log to symbolize the birch log burned in the fireplace on reveillon before the French came to Canada.

In British Columbia, Christmas turkey may be accompanied by either fresh or smoked salmon.

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2 Responses to “Christmas in Canada..”

  1. Kathleen Johnson said

    How would the Inuit say Merry Christmas? Do they have their own language? Thank you for you response. Kathleen Johnson

  2. gottabkd said

    Hi Kathleen,
    Thanks so much for stopping by.

    The Inuit do in have their own language but I would have no idea how they say Merry Christmas or if they even celebrate the season culturely….

    You may want to google it to find out 🙂

    You may also wish to try the following sites:

    http://www.itk.ca/
    http://www.native-languages.org/inuktitut.htm
    http://www.native-languages.org/inuktitut.htm

    If you find out…. I would love to know 😉

    Take care and Seasons Greetings to you and yours.

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