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Holidays / Tempus Fugit: Holidays

December/January DCC displays...holiday celebrations around the world. In a nod to New Year's, displays marking the passage of the year as well as the centuries.

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Albanians eat a meal of pancakes made without butter or oil. At the end of the meal, each person leaves a spoonful of food to show gratitude. Thereafter all the dinner guests stand up and swing the table back and forth while singing.

Austrian children believe that their gifts are brought by a golden-haired baby with wings, called Kristkindl.

In Belize, those of Mayan descent perform the Deer Dance, enacting the relationship between humanity and nature.

In Croatia, children are warned that those who have been bad will be kidnapped by Devil Krampus.

Homes and trees are decorated with kamiks, boots sewn from seal skin in Greenland.

In Jamaica, the favorite drink of the season is sorrel, a dark red drink made from soaking sorrel leaves in hot water, adding sugar, ginger or lime, and rum.

Latvians practice the traditional custom of mumming in which men dressed in costumes enact scenes for the bible and travel from village to village, conveying blessings and driving away evil spirits.

St. Nicholas is known as Kleeschen in Luxembourg. His traveling companion, Houseker (Black Peter), wears course black clothes and carries a stick with which he is said to chastise naughty children.

For many people in New Zealand, holidays are an occasion to prepare the traditional hangi. A big hole in the ground is lined with rocks and a fire is lit nearby. The hole is covered so the food cooks underground.

Norwegian children believe that Julenisse lives in the barn, watching over them, and brings them gifts.

St Kitts and Nevis: Masqueraders, clowns, singers and dancers turn out on the streets for a big street party.

A Swedish dish served is lutfisk, an air-dried codfish soaked in a lye solution for several weeks.

Holidays and Celebrations