I found this to be interesting. One wouldn't normally consider Iraq when considering countries to cover for Christmas, but actually, the Iraqi Christians have a rather beautiful Christmas tradition. The children read the Christmas story as other family members hold lighted candles. We did it a little different. I read the Christmas story from the Bible while the children held/watched their candles.
When the reading is done, the Iraqi Christians light a bonfire of thorn bushes and sing songs. When all the bushes have burned to ash, each family member takes a turn jumping over the ashes three times and makes a wish. If all the bushes burn completely, good luck is granted for the new year.
It would have been fun to build a bonfire and sing Christmas songs, but it rained most of the day here. There was no hope of finding anything that would burn. Next year, right? :)
Until we meet again, may you be blessed!