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It’s no breaking news that Christmas is just around the corner. Even if
you don’t celebrate it in your country, you couldn’t fail to notice the
signs of approaching Christmas on the web.
You, however, can be curious about the following 8 weird Christmas traditions:
Japan. Everything most Japanese want for Christmas is… KFC (Kentucky
Fried Chicken). This Christmas tradition is relatively young. A
successful marketing campaign convinced everyone in Japan that fried
chicken is a traditional Christmas dish in America.
Everyone goes to the church. What is so special about it? Everyone goes
to church on skate rollers. There are no cars and buses, and the streets
Norway. No matter whether modern Norwegians
believe in witches, they take precautionary measures on Christmas Eve to
protect their families. Everyone hide the brooms, so that the evil
spirits had no means of transportation.
Belgium. Belgians have
two Santa Clauses – St. Nicholas and Pere Noel. That, however, does not
mean that kids receive twice more gifts. On the contrary, St. Nicholas
is a bad cop who decides if some kids do not deserve any gifts at all.
Spain. If you happen to be in Spain on Christmas Eve, you would be
lucky to eat 12 grapes at midnight. The Spanish Christmas tradition says
that this amount of grapes will bring happiness and health. Why not?
The vitamins A, B, C, E and K contained in grapes wouldn’t do any harm
Italy. Italian kids receive gifts not from an old
man in red clothes, but from a kind witch Befana. This Christmas
tradition shows that Italians aren’t afraid of witches and get along
well with them.
The Czech Republic. Single ladies in the Czech
Republic are really desperate. They are ready to lose a shoe only to
find THE ONE. The Czech girls have a Christmas tradition of tossing
their shoes over their shoulders to know in what direction they should
search for their potential spouses.
Catalonia. Number 1 in this
list of strangest Christmas traditions is putting figures of El Caganer
(translated as a ‘great defecator’). Yes, you’ve got it right. It is
exactly what you think. It symbolizes fertility and good harvest for the
What is your unique Christmas tradition?
No matter whether you celebrate Christmas in your place or not, have a happy week!