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~ Christmas in Belgium ~

In Belgium, (I live in Flanders) Christmas holiday isn't the same everywhere. At some families, they buy gifts for each other and put them under the tree. In others, mostly when there are still little children, it's Santa who brings the gifts at night. He's called "de Kerstman". The churches in some villages have beautiful Nativity scenes and they are quite popular in homes also. After a big meal, presents are given at Christmas evening, or at Christmas day. Christmas lights lighten the streets long before Christmas, and we decorate our Christmas tree early december, so we can enjoy it a long time. A Flemish wish for Christmas is 'Zalig Kerstfeest'.

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