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Harrison County Children Learn Holiday Traditions From Around the World

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Some Harrison County kids took a trip around the world on Sunday, but they didn't even have to leave Clarksburg.

The Harrison County Recreation Complex was turned into an international winter wonderland of sorts, as children learned how different counties celebrate the holidays.

"Our area was settled by Germans, Italians, Swiss, the whole deal. So they see where all these traditions came from within their family. We want to show them how other kids live, their holidays, their traditions..." said Mike Book, director of Harrison County Parks & Recreation.

Passport Around the World, which was funded by the Harrison County Commission, was filled tradition, from the Brazilian Samba to holiday festivities in Asia and Europe.

"Japan doesn't celebrate Christmas as a national holiday like we do. And one of the traditions that they do: 92 percent go to KFC for lunch. And then we have Germany, the other traditions like a Christmas spider, the German pickle where they hide in the branches," said Donna Stuart of Harrison County Parks & Recreation.

"Different counties are very fun," said Janessa Wetzel, who attended the event.

"I liked trying out the hopscotch," said Bayleigh Channell, who also attended the event.

Commission president Ron Watson came out for the fun and said he looks forward to attending more events like Sunday's in the future.

"With our facility here, we have the opportunity of doing a lot of show-and-tells, a lot of hands on, and not only for the young folk, but also for families and adults, too," said Watson.

The event wrapped up with "An Appalachian Christmas" and a visit from Santa.