There’s no reason you can’t add a few new Christmas traditions to your family’s normal way of doing things.
You may see this festive Christmas character showing up at the movie theaters this holiday season. Horned, fanged and a little bit reminiscent of Satan, Krampus is kind of the antithesis of Santa — he comes to visit the naughty children of Germany, Austria and other nearby European countries to punish them for their misbehavior the year prior. Your family will probably not appreciate you introducing everyone at the kids’ table to this holiday tale.
If you’re in Ukraine and see spider web decorations on the Christmas tree, don’t assume the owner accidentally mixed up Halloween and holiday decorations. A Ukrainian folktale says an impoverished family woke up on Christmas morning to find their undecorated Christmas tree was decorated in spider webs, which, when the sun touched them, turned into silver and gold. Families now incorporate spider webs into their decorations.
Families in Caracas, Venezuela, attend religious services and mass around the holidays like many families in the States, with one slight difference. The week before December, many roads in Caracas are closed before 8 a.m. to make way for mass attendees on roller skates, an early morning tradition that almost the entire city partakes in.
Tired of seeing turkey at the Christmas dinner table? The Japanese turned an American classic soul food into the ultimate Christmas entrée. So what can you find adorning their dinner tables? None other than fried chicken, much of it straight from KFC.
Frasca Food & Wine isn’t your typical Italian restaurant. Crafted by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, the posh eatery features cuisine from a specific region of Italy. The menu is comprised of food primarily created in the sub-alpine Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Because of this, it stands out among a packed crowd in Boulder’s ever-expanding dining scene.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of beach season. Although the temperatures start to dip, there is still plenty of European coastline ripe for swimming and sunbathing well into September. Take advantage of cheaper, off-season airfare and jet to one of these European beaches before fall weather makes its way south.
Stay safe and germ-free the next time you travel with PlaneAire Surface & Air Purifying Travel Mist. The lab-tested and scientifically proven formula kills nearly 100 percent of the surface bacteria travelers encounter in airports, planes and hotels, while still being organic and all-natural. The formula includes a blend of just six certified organic essential oils and ingredients from organic fruit, but still manages to kill serious bacteria and viruses, from staph and MRSA to salmonella. There are no harmful chemicals like alcohol or bleach.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.