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Christmas (December 25th)

In contrast to Christmas Eve, Christmas Day in Lithuania was always a public celebration involving entire communities. The high point of the festivities occurred when costumed revelers visited all of the farmsteads wishing everyone a good harvest. These visitors were always showered with gifts. The main figure in this group was Kaledu senis (Father Christmas), a man dressed in an inside-out fur coat and flaxen beard with a bag and a stick. Father Christmas scattered grains from his bag onto each household's krikstasuolis (the corner of honor behind the table) and gave nuts to the children and young people. As the Kaledu senis made his way through the village, children from each farmstead ran out to meet him and filed behind him as he walked further. Costumed revelers continued similar activities until Three King's Day.



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