Hello writers’ world!
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.
- Venezuela. 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 are overcrowded.
- 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 to anybody.
- 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 next year.
What is your unique Christmas tradition?
No matter whether you celebrate Christmas in your place or not, have a happy week!