7. Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo or “Mass of the Rooster” on Christmas Eve. Some people bring roosters to the midnight mass, a gesture that symbolizes the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus. f
8. The British wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.” f
9. In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas. f
10. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836. f
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