European New Year’s Eve Traditions

From eating twelve grapes to talking with animals, find out the weirdest European New Year’s Eve traditions you’ve ever heard! The year is ending and we’re entering a new decade. The 20s! It sounds like it should be good and so you have to celebrate it with style. It doesn’t matter if it’s with family, […]Read More

What is Boxing Day?

Boxing day takes place on 26th December, the day after Christmas Day. It is a public holiday for the United Kingdom and the other commonwealth countries; Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Due to the unexplainable name, there are lots of rumours and theories about why boxing day adopted its name.  Let’s discover what a typical […]Read More

10 European Gift Bringers: Does Santa Exist In Europe?

As Christmas movies and Christmas songs become increasingly popular, Santa is becoming a universal gift giving figure. However there are many countries that are yet to adopt the very-American figure. St Nicholas Belarus, Belgium (Flemish & Waloon regions), Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine Although he’s the inspiration behind […]Read More

5 European Christmas Dessert Ideas

Europe is where so many popular Christmas traditions have originated from. This doesn’t just include Christmas carols and folklore, but food too! The Christmas dinner is a large part of the day – as well as a lot of indulgence – and so, naturally, each country has their own traditional Christmas dessert. If you’re looking […]Read More

8 European Christmas Creatures That Will Give You Nightmares

When we think of Christmas, only positive things come to mind at first; joy, presents, family … and why would it be any different? Christmas’ starring character is a plump and happy man who delivers gifts all over the world in his sleigh. But the truth is, Santa Claus is not the only Christmas character […]Read More

Christmas Carol Quiz

‘Tis the season to be jolly… so that means lots of carols and laughter. Most have a favourite Christmas carol that gets them in a festive mood every year, some couldn’t be less interested in the singing tradition. We’ll guess your thoughts on carols by how well you do on this Christmas carol quiz, be […]Read More

December European Traditions (that don’t involve Christmas)

In December, it’s hard to see anything but Christmas lights, trees and presents. However, there are lots of December European traditions that don’t involve the Christian holiday. We’ve picked out some of our favourites, which we think deserve a bigger spotlight at this time of year. Mari Lwyd, Wales A folk custom native to south Wales, […]Read More

The Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe

Visiting Christmas markets have become an important part of the festive season for much of Europe. The trend has grown massively in the last decades, and traditionally modest markets have grown to take over entire cities. With so much choice, it’s hard to know which are the most beautiful christmas markets in Europe. So hopefully, […]Read More

Top 5 Russian Stereotypes

What comes to mind when you think of Russian stereotypes? The most frequent question Russians are asked is probably “How much vodka do you drink?” or any other joke related to this alcoholic beverage.  However, it might be surprising to hear this drink is not even popular amongst young Russians. In fact, they quite often […]Read More