Many Christmas traditions in Brazil aren’t that different than the ones we have here in the United States, such as nativity scenes. Another famous decorating tradition in Brazil is to create christmas trees made up of lights, such as the one pictured below.
Rio de Janeiro’s floating tree http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2347906/images/o-CHRISTMAS-TREE-facebook.jpg
Brazil has Christmas plays as well, but one version includes a woman that tries to steal baby Jesus. Another tradition similar to a stocking, but not quite, involves children hanging a sock in the window so Brazil’s version of Santa Claus, Papai Noel, can exchange it for a present. Papai Noel is said to live in Greenland and come down to brazil to visit on Christmas.
One very unusual tradition in Brazil is that the pay of everyone is doubled during the month of december with the idea that it will boost the economy around christmas time.
With religion being very important in Brazil, a widely celebrated tradition is “Missa do Galo”, or Midnight Mass, where catholics organize masses on Christmas for the morning and afternoon.
Who knew that a country that spends Christmas on the beach could have such a huge amount of holiday spirit! ~ Kali Gipson