Celebrating Christmas in Canada – Christmas traditions

Christmas House Lights, ©MartialArtsNomad.com/Flickr

Christmas House Lights, ©MartialArtsNomad.com/Flickr

As Canada is quite a large country with many different people and cultures so is the celebration of Christmas. The population of Canada consists of nationalities such as English, German, French, Irish and Scottish which all had their influences on the ways of celebrating Christmas in this great country.

Every region and province has its own traditions and specialties. For example Nova Scotia is famous for its pine Christmas trees. Read on and learn more about what mummering means, Sinck Tuck, the light-up contest, Christmas cards and other Canadian traditions related to Christmas.

Mummering – aka weird people acting spooky in costumes

In Nova Scotia and Newfoundland people put costumes on, knock on doors and ask in a fake voice whether there are any Mummers in the night and whether they are allowed in the house. After this unusual act the people in disguise sing and dance and get a slice of Christmas cake with a hot cup of something before they go to the next house. The host must guess who the Mummers are and if he does not guess right he must join the mummers. The mummers start their wandering around the 26th of December and they keep going until the 6th of January.

Mummering, ©Kevin Burkett/Flickr

Mummering, ©Kevin Burkett/Flickr

Sinck Tuck and Santa Clause

Some Canadians believe and proudly state that their country is the home of Santa Clause however the dwellers of Finland might disagree on this one. Canadians also give place to a festival called Sinck Tuck which was started by the Eskimos also known as Inuit. On this celebration the people dance and exchange gifts among themselves.

Santa Clause in Canada, ©kaz k/Flickr

Santa Clause in Canada, ©kaz k/Flickr

The Christmas Light-up contest

This fabulous tradition is mostly kept in Labrador City, Newfoundland where the people beautifully decorate their houses, put up some lights and many have a large ice sculpture in their yards as well.

Christmas House Lights, ©MartialArtsNomad.com/Flickr

Christmas House Lights, ©MartialArtsNomad.com/Flickr

Christmas sweets and baked goods

To the big family dinners the people of Canada bring many kinds of delicious cookies and sweets. Two of the most traditional and popular sweets are called Chicken Bones and Barley Candy which are made by local companies. Barley Candy is a Santa, snowman or reindeer shaped sweet on a stick while Chicken Bones is a candy which is pink and tastes just like cinnamon and has creamy chocolate in the middle.

 

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