Canada is a country in North America which extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.
Its common border with the United States is the world’s longest land border shared by the same two countries.
Toronto is the capital and the largest city of Canada and hence one can expect Christmas celebrations to be grand in Toronto.
Christmas celebrations are grand in other large populated cities of Canada like Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kitchener, etc
Christmas Celebrations in Canada :
Canada is a very large country and people of many different cultural backgrounds live there. In the Canadian provinces where English is the predominant language, there are lots of different Christmas traditions in Canada at the same time largely similar to those of the United States.
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Many of the traditions and celebrations come from French, English, Irish, Scottish, German and native/first nation influences. Mince pies, plum pudding and Christmas cake are traditionally served in English Canada as Christmas dinner desserts, following the traditional meal of roast turkey, stuffing, potatoes and winter vegetables.
Christmas table crackers are not uncommon in English-speaking Canada. In some parts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Christmas traditions include mummers. People dress up in costumes and knock on someone’s door and say in a disguised voice, “Are there any Mummers in the night?” or “Any mummers ‘loud in?'”, meaning ‘are mummers allowed in the house?’
North American influences on Christmas are evident in the hanging of stockings on Christmas Eve, to be filled by Santa Claus. However, Canadian children believe that the home of Santa Claus is located at the North Pole, in Canada and through Canada Post address thousands of letters to Santa Claus each year, using the postal code designation “HOH OHO”, a play on Canada’s six digit postal code that includes letters and numbers.
As Canada is a cold, dark country in winter, lights are often put up in public places, and on commercial and residential buildings in November and December. Many communities have celebrations that include light events, such as the Cavalcade of Lights Festival in Toronto, the Montreal Christmas Fireworks or the Bright Nights in Stanley Park, Vancouver. A national program, Christmas Lights Across Canada, illuminates Ottawa, the national capital, and the 13 provincial and territorial capitals.
Boxing Day at the Toronto Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada. The Royal Christmas Message from Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada is televised nationwide in Canada, the occasion being an observance which unites Canadians with citizens of the other Commonwealth Realms worldwide. The observation of Boxing Day on the day following Christmas Day, December 26, is a tradition practiced in Canada, although not in the United States. In Canada Boxing Day is a day of deeply discounted sale prices at retail stores which attract large numbers of shoppers in search of bargains.
One Canadian tradition is to send the biggest, best fir tree to Boston, USA because of the assistance given during the disaster, known worldwide, as the Halifax Explosion. This tradition has carried on for many years. Bostonians always love and appreciate the Nova Scotian Christmas tree. They place this tree in the city and then light it during a ceremony to begin the Christmas season.
In northern Canada, some people plan a Taffy Pull. This is held in honour of Saint Catherine, the patron saint of single women. “Sinck Tuck” is a festival started by the Inuit that is celebrated in some provinces of Canada. Labrador City in Newfoundland holds a Christmas Light-up Contest each year. People dress the outside of their houses up with lights and often have big ice sculptures in their front gardens! They have no trouble finding enough snow or ice, because Labrador City has about 12-14 Feet of snow every year!
Many families of French descent have a huge feast on Christmas Eve that lasts well into the early hours of Christmas morning after taking part in Christmas Eve Mass. The meal for people in Quebec, is a traditional stew called ‘ragoût aux pattes de cochons’ which is made from pigs legs.
At the end of the Christmas season, January 6th, people in the province of Quebec have a celebration called “La Fete du Roi”.
Many Canadian families have cookie-baking parties. In Southwestern Nova Scotia, many families eat lobster, a shellfish caught off the shores of Nova Scotia in the North Atlantic Ocean, for their Christmas dinner instead of the traditional turkey or ham. At Christmas Canadians eat sweets called Barley Candy and Chicken Bones! They are really sweets made by local candy companies.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!