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dilia
post Dec 12 2009, 12:17 AM
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I have a question to all of you. We have many people here from different countries, so I hope to get many answers.

Maybe you know Russian Christmas is not at 25th December. It happens at 7th January. I won't go deep into the history why it's that. I just say It happened because of calendar change and orthodox church traditions ages ago. At the times of USSR the holiday has lost its importance, and New Year occupied its place. Santa, correctly Grandfather the Frost and his granddaughter Snegoorotchkah bring gifts to russian children at the New Year night.

After USSR falls, people have started old traditions over again and Christmas holiday has been reborn.

Since then we have a long Christmas/ New year vacations. In this year officially 10 days off from 1st to 10th January. Some people are displeased because of it, they say that no one country does not let people be lazy so long.

So my question is: do you have christmas/ new year vacations in your country and how long they are?

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post Dec 12 2009, 01:09 AM
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Hello, dilia! In Germany 25th and 26th December are the "Great holidays", but most people think that the 24th December (Christmas Eve) ist the most important day, because in the evening the families celebrate together and the children get their gifts.

Usually 24th december is a "half holiday" that means the shops are opened until midday, but most people don't work.

We do not have officially Christmas vacations, but in the days between 26th december and 31th december many companies close. But these are no paid vacation days.

31th december is a "half holiday" like Christmas Eve and January 1th is free.

The children have about two weeks Christmas School holidays.

In some regions of Germany January 6th is an officially holiday, too, but not in all.


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post Dec 12 2009, 08:15 AM
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Hi there dilia! Here in Mexico we have two official days of vacation, which are December 25th and January 1st. However, schools and government offices close the two last weeks of December. Lots of people plan their vacations in those days. So, this year, the vacation will start on Friday December 18th and normal activities will return by January 4th...

In my case, I'll rest only on December 25th and January 1st, and will have "half holiday" days on December 24th and 31th, as well as Reny.


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post Dec 12 2009, 03:17 PM
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Цитата (iamjustme @ Dec 12 2009, 06:15 AM) *
Hi there dilia! Here in Mexico we have two official days of vacation, which are December 25th and January 1st. However, schools and government offices close the two last weeks of December. Lots of people plan their vacations in those days. So, this year, the vacation will start on Friday December 18th and normal activities will return by January 4th...

In my case, I'll rest only on December 25th and January 1st

Same here in States


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post Dec 12 2009, 05:30 PM
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Here in Canada, the official holidays are December 25 and December 26 (Boxing Day) and January 1. Most companies also close early on December 24 and December 31, but they are not required to do so, and several close from December 24 - January 1, some with pay, some without. Schools are closed from December 21 - January 1.

Everything is back to normal on January 2.

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post Dec 13 2009, 01:21 AM
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Thank you for answers, guys. If someone wants to say about christmas vacation in his country, welcome to the thread.
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post Dec 13 2009, 06:17 AM
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New Zealand.
December 25 and December 26 (Boxing Day) and January 1.
Schools are finished around 11th December and go back towards the start of February. Of course it is summer down here - down under - so this is our "long break".


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post Dec 22 2009, 02:31 PM
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Here in Canada, the official holidays are December 25 and December 26 (Boxing Day) and January 1. Most companies also close early on December 24 and December 31, but they are not required to do so, and several close from December 24 - January 1, some with pay, some without. Schools are closed from December 21 - January 1 Everything is back to normal on January 7.


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post Dec 22 2009, 10:11 PM
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QUOTE (DrDeisel @ Dec 12 2009, 04:30 PM) *
Here in Canada, the official holidays are December 25 and December 26 (Boxing Day) and January 1. Most companies also close early on December 24 and December 31, but they are not required to do so, and several close from December 24 - January 1, some with pay, some without. Schools are closed from December 21 - January 1.

Everything is back to normal on January 2.

usually is like this here too.

but this year schools were closed 1 week earlier, because the world crisis affected our system and the government decided not to pay teachers 4 days every month. no money, no work.


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post Dec 23 2009, 08:09 PM
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In the USA it depends where you work - but most are out Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; New Years Eve and New Year's Day
I'm out from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3 - counting weekends pardon.gif



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post Dec 26 2009, 12:55 PM
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Well I was raised by my German grandmother so Christmas eve the 24th is bigger for me,and Dec 25 we eat a lot english_en.gif


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