Christmas in South Africa is a public holiday celebrated on December 25. Many European traditions are maintained despite the distance from Europe.
Christmas trees are set up in homes and the children are given presents in their stockings. Traditional ‘fir’ Christmas trees are popular and children leave a stocking out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The gift bearer is Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas meal is mince pies, turkey, roast beef or a barbecue outdoors. The meal is finished with Christmas pudding. Christmas crackers are used to make noise. Despite Christmas occurring at the height of the Southern Hemisphere summer, wintery motifs common to the Northern Hemisphere are popular.Return to Warm Wishes From Around the World