Exploring the world of winter traditions

1. Exchanging apples in China

Loved ones give each other fancy, decorated apples with holiday messages on Christmas Eve. It’s always a good idea to reach for an apple! They’re full of fiber and help clean your teeth as you chew them.

2. Meditating in North America

The Kwanzaa celebration begins the day after Christmas and concludes on New Year’s Day with The Day of Meditation. Practicing meditation can help reduce anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. It’s also been linked to reducing the risk of many diseases caused by stress.

3. Taking fruit baths in Japan

During winter solstice, it’s considered good luck to take a relaxing bath filled with yuzu, an aromatic citrus fruit that resembles a lemon but tastes more like a lime. Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, which has a host of health benefits. But eat them in moderation as they are highly acidic and can damage your teeth’s enamel.

4. Eating grapes in Spain

It’s believed that eating a dozen grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve will bring you good luck. Grapes are full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Some research also suggests they may help prevent tooth decay.

5. Feasting on fish in Italy

The Feast of Seven Fishes is a lavish meal served on Christmas Eve and centered on seafood dishes. Research suggests fish may help you live longer. Some kinds of seafood are rich in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, which work together to keep your teeth strong.

You can start some new traditions of your own this winter. For inspiration, read our article for see our tips for a healthy New Year’s celebration. 

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