How do Countries celebrate Christmas? Here’s Wikipedia’s explanation: In countries with a Christian tradition, Christmas (or in the United States of America, winter break or winter recess) includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. In the southern hemisphere Christmas is in the summer, the break is longer and sometimes referred to as the summer break due to geographical reasons. They normally last for about 8–9 weeks. However the Christmas holiday in Europe, particularly the UK, is much shorter, 2–3 weeks on average. At our boarding school, we have 3 weeks for the break as well. Some of students are going home and some of students are going traveling with their friends.