Some of the Strangest Christmas Traditions in the World

In a few more days it’ll be Christmas!

Christmas is a holiday where the whole world eagerly celebrates through the years. It seems as if the world takes on a magic glow, people seem merrier and even winter somehow feels cozy.

In most parts of the world, Christmas is often celebrated on the 25th of December. However, there are some countries that have different Christmas traditions.  Here are some strange Christmas traditions in other parts of the world.

Austria: “Frohe Weihnachten!”


Austrian children live in fear of Krampus. He is believed to be St. Nicholas evil accomplice who capture naughty children.  In the first week of December, young men dress up as the Krampus frightening children with clattering chains and bells.

Catalonia: “Feliz Navidad!”


Caganer is a porcelain man copping a squat in the presence of Mary, Joseph, and the Three Wise Men in the nativity scene. In the Spanish Catalan regions, it is believed that his fertilization of the holy ground heralds a prosperous harvest in the New Year.

Norway: “Gledelig Jul!”


Norwegians traditionally don’t clean on Christmas Eve. They safely hide their brooms believing that witches and evil spirits come out on Christmas Eve, looking for brooms to ride on.

Japan:” Merii Kurisumasu!”


In Japan, the traditional Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). It started out in 1974 where an advertising campaign of KFC boomed in Japan. Since then, KFC has always been a staple in the Christmas Japanese dinner.

Venezuela: “Feliz Navidad!”


Venezuelans have a strange tradition where they make their way in roller blades to the Christmas Mass in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

Czech Republic: “Vesele Vanoce!”


In their tradition, unmarried women in Czech Republic stand by the door and throw a shoe over the shoulder. It is believed by the Czech that if the shoe points towards the door when it lands, they will get married within the next year.

Canada: “Merry Christmas!”


Canada has an actual postal code they use to send letters to the North Pole: H0H 0H0! Cheeky! Although there is no centralized address, a bunch of volunteers help out the Canada Post to respond to the letters received.

Italy:  “Buone Feste Natalizie!”


Instead of Santa Claus, Italian children anticipate the arrival of Befana. She is believed to be a friendly witch who delivers sweets and toys on the fifth of January.

Whatever part you are in the world, have a wonderful Christmas!

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