Learning languages also means connecting to other cultures. Christmas is an excellent example. In my childhood, we had to go to our room after dinner. We were allowed to leave our rooms until we heard a bell ringing which signalled that the Christ child had finished decorating the Christmas tree and brought the presents. We were now allowed to open the presents.
For a long time, this was the only way to celebrate Christmas. Since I’m getting more fascinated with learning languages, I’m getting closer to different cultures and traditions. In some countries, people decorate the Christmas tree a few weeks or months in advance. The festival also differs in many other respects. Traditionally, there are different menus, and gifts are unwrapped on the 25th or even later. Many spend this time with family and New Year’s Eve with friends. In other countries, it is the opposite.