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Weird Christmas Traditions Around The World

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Showcasing some of the weird christmas traditions around the world

Ever wondered how other countries celebrate Christmas? This list of 10 weird Christmas traditions around the world shows some of the strangest.

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Japan: Forget turkey, it’s all about KFC here

Clever marketing campaigns have convinced Japanese locals that KFC is traditional in an American Christmas dinner, so much so that reservations have to be made at KFC on Christmas Day in Japan.

 

Image source: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/kfc-christmas-tradition-japan/index.html

Austria: Bad Santa

Over here in the UK we are used to the jolly, lovely Santa Claus bringing joy to Christmas Day. But, if you’re planning a trip to Austria this Christmas be sure to watch out for ‘Krampus’ the evil accomplice of Santa who walks around the street looking for badly behaved children.

Image source: https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/naughty-children-watch-out-krampus-3602093

Norway: Hide the brooms

In Norway they believe that Christmas Eve is when witches arrive so they all hide their brooms before they go to sleep (obviously!). This has to be one of the strangest weird traditions around the world.

Image source: https://twitter.com/reviewwales/status/1206840910929170437

Venezuela: Roller skating mass

In the capital of Venezuela, Caracas on Christmas morning swarms of city folk set off on their way to mass on roller skates. The tradition is so well established that the city’s streets are closed off from traffic from 8am so that those skating can arrive to church safely.

Image source: https://metro.co.uk/2017/12/20/christmas-around-the-world-why-venezuelans-roller-skate-to-mass-on-christmas-eve-7018407/ 

Argentina: Christmas panties

Apparently pink is the colour for Christmas in Argentina. Their Christmas gift tradition is for the Grandmother or Mother to give the other women pink underwear in the hopes that they will wear it on New Year’s Eve and attract love.

Image source: https://travelmamas.com/in-spain-what-color-underwear-should-you-wear-to-bring-good-luck-in-the-new-year/

Ukraine: Halloween in December

They believe that spider webs bring good luck in Ukraine so use them to decorate their Christmas trees.

Image source: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/139189444703070593/

UK: The beginning of Christmas cards

Back in 1843, a gentleman named Sir Henry Cole didn’t have time to send personal messages so he went and hired John Calcott Horsley, an artist, to design him a Christmas card that he could send out to lots of people. This is where Christmas cards were created!

And can you believe over a BILLION cards are send every year in the UK alone. Get yours here.

Germany: Hide and pickle

Christmas trees were originally started in Germany back in the 16th century so it’s no shock to hear that our European cousins have some unique traditions relating to festive conifers. The strangest one is that they hide a pickle inside the branches of their Christmas tree and give a gift to whichever child in their household finds it.

There are some that say that this is originally a tradition brought from Spain when 2 young boys were held as prisoners inside a pickle barrel. The heroic St Nicholas rescued the boys and brought them back to life.

Image source: https://modernfarmer.com/2017/12/heck-christmas-pickle-exist/ 

Finland: Sauna before celebrations

In Finland there are many homes that come with their own sauna and at  Christmas time this becomes a cosy spot. On Christmas Eve, it’s tradition to strip naked and enjoy a long stint in the sauna. After relaxing, the Finns head out to enjoy evening celebrations whilst spirits of their ancestors take their place in the bubbling water.

Image source: https://img.freepik.com/premium-photo/portrait-smiling-santa-claus-wrapped-red-bathrobe-feeling-cold-contrast-treatments-sauna_266732-30069.jpg

Catalonia: Not that kind of Yule log

One of the really weird Christmas traditions around the world is the Catalan one of ‘saga tió’ or defecating log’. The locals create a character out of a log, adding a hat to it and drawing a face. They then spend 2 weeks ‘feeding’ it nuts, sweets and fruit.

On Christmas Eve, the whole family hits the log with sticks and sings their traditional song which translates to ‘if you don’t crap well, I’ll beat you with a stick’ until the log excretes all the treats. The also decorate their nativity scenes with mini pooping ceramic figures.

Image source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/catalonia-tio-de-nadal-christmas-log-tradition-presents-what-is-it-a8091921.html

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