Christmas Traditions in Haiti

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Christmas is such a special time in Haiti! In rural areas, families cut pine trees from the mountains and decorate them with bright ornaments. In towns and cities, people get Christmas trees at the market and create nativity scenes at their base. On Christmas Eve, children put straw in their shoes and leave them at the door or under the tree. They hope that Tonton Nwèl (Santa Claus) will remove the straw and put presents in and around their shoes.

Youth laughing in a school in Haiti, which was rebuilt by World Vision and a local partner. Photo: Guy Vital-Herne

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