12 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas

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6. Shoes, Not Stockings: 

In Venezuela, and other parts of Latin America, eager children ancitipate the morning of January 6 -- Three Kings’ Day! The celebration is an homage to the Three Kings, who followed the Star of Bethlehem and are believed to have found Jesus Christ on this day. Some Venezuelans celebrate by leaving shoes out for los Reyes Magos. In the morning, they find treats, presents, and candy stuffed into the footwear. 

 

7. Day Of The Little Candles: 

In Colombia, the unofficial start to the Christmas season is Dec. 7th -- El Día de las Velitas, the Day of the Little Candles. On this day, families light candles, usually about 100, and place them on the sidewalk area. The event honors the Immaculate Conception, which the church celebrates the next day, on Dec. 8th.

 

8. Christmas Treats...and Radishes?

Yep, believe it or not: radishes symbolize the Christmas season for some Mexicans! On Dec. 23 in Oaxaca City, many celebrate the Night of the Radishes, or Noche de Rábanos, in the main plaza. The event is one of the most impressive vegetable festivles in the world, and features elaborate radish carvings, often in the shape of nativity scenes. Artisans from around the world travel to Mexico to celebrate the event! 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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