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A WORLD OF COOKIES FOR SANTA will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Children on October 17, 2017.

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Traditions

There are as many ways to celebrate Christmas as there are countries.

Here's a look at some of the details that didn't fit into the book! 

 

 

Philippines--Parol "Star Lantern"

In the United States, we often hear people objecting to seeing Christmas items in stores before Halloween or hearing Christmas carols playing before Thanksgiving. It's been a long-standing tradition that the Christmas season should fit neatly between the fourth Friday in November and December 25. Commercialism is blamed for the lengthening of Christmas season. 

But in the Phillipines, the season intentionally--and happily--begins as early as September 1. Stores begin to decorate, the airwaves fill with favorite Christmas music and families begin to assemble their "parols," the lit Christmas stars that are the iconic representation of the Filipino celebration. 

M.E.

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