10 Wacky Christmas Traditions From Around the World

10 Wacky Christmas Traditions From Around the World

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What make the holidays super special apart from the food, family and friends, are the traditions. Some traditions are…well, very traditional. But others can be fun and very weird. Here’s a highlight of the weirdest and most interesting Christmas traditions from around the world.

Christmas Pickle

It’s an old tradition where a pickle ornament is hidden on the Christmas tree. The first person to find the pickle among all the other ornaments is said to receive an extra present at Christmas. The tradition has stories originating from Spain and Germany, but either way it seems like a fun and not to mention weird tradition!

Skating to Mass

From December 16th to December 24th, there’s a very unique tradition that takes place in Caracas, Venezuela. The busy city streets of Caracas are closed off before 8 AM to any motor traffic. This allows the streets to be open to traffic on 4-wheelers! It has been customary in Venezuela to attend Misa de Aguinaldo (Early Morning Mass) and by closing traffic off to bulky cars and buses, everyone can skate to mass on time.

Webs?

Here’s an odd item you wouldn’t automatically associate with Christmas.

On a Ukrainian Christmas tree the site of a spider or web is not unusual. The folk tale that goes with the tradition says a poor family woke up on Christmas morning to find their once bare tree decorated with spider webs that shined silver and gold in the morning sun.

Crackers

Christmas crackers or bon-bons are a fun item to celebrate with in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries. The cracker is a cardboard tube wrapped in holiday wrapping twisted at the ends. The fun part starts when you hold on to one side of the twisted end, another person holds the other, and you pull! With a BANG, the cracker will split unevenly, and the luckier individual will be holding the longer end of the cracker — which holds a special prize.

Crackers are also a part of New Year’s celebration in some places. Wouldn’t it be just fun if crackers were a part of every holiday?

Fried Chicken

Make reservation for your Christmas Chicken today! Those residing in Japan have already begun the process of pre-ordering their fried chicken for Christmas.

Unlike the traditional ham or turkey Americans are used to seeing during the holidays, many in Japan celebrate by eating fried chicken. While less than 1 percent of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian, by the power of marketing and advertising it has become common practice to eat KFC during Christmas. The meal is also accompanied by a delicious Christmas cake for dessert. Let the feasting begin!

Christmas Witch

In Italy, children will go to bed waiting for a magical being to bring presents, and it doesn’t mean Santa Claus.

In Italian folklore, an old witch delivers gifts and candy to children on Epiphany Eve (January 5th). Santa’s competitor, La Befana, is usually portrayed as an old lady riding a broomstick, usually covered in soot as she enters homes through chimneys. Very similar to the tradition of leaving cookies and milk for Santa, children will leave wine and food out for the Befana.

Brooms

Going along with the Christmas Witch story, here’s one about brooms. There’s a superstition in Norway that advises households to hide their brooms on Christmas Eve. It is believed that witches and evil spirits will rise from the graves and use the brooms to fly through the sky and create chaos until dawn. Doesn’t this sound very much like Halloween?

SantaCon

If there’s a reason to celebrate, you are sure to find all sorts of gatherings! Around this time of the year, there’s a huge Santa gathering in New York City. To celebrate the holiday season, New Yorkers get together dressed up head-to-toe as Christmas characters. The city is filled with reds and greens, as Santas and Elves spread holiday cheer during SantaCon.

Radish Carvings

Radish figures line the central plaza of Oaxaca on December 23rd and 24th. Nativity scenes, conquistadors, dancers, historical and mythological events are sculpted from radishes by Mexican artisans and add to the color holiday celebration. El Festival de los Rabanos (The Festival of Radishes) is a one-of-a-kind festival that features dance, food and delicately carved radishes.

The Pooper

Out of all the wacky traditions, this one is probably the weirdest and funniest.

In the principality of Catalonia, it has become customary to decorate the traditional nativity scene with an extra something, or rather someone. This extra character is known as El Caganer, also known as “the pooper.” The name "El Caganer” literally means "the crapper" or "the shitter". The figurine is traditionally depicted as a peasant or a shepherd, wearing the traditional Catalan red cap (the "barretina") and with his trousers down, showing a bare backside, and defecating, but contemporary figures range in all different personalities.

Do you have an interesting family holiday tradition? Why not try one of these wacky traditions or start a new one.

Happy Holidays!

source: care2.com

Can you match the place with the tradition?

1. pickle

a. the Ukraine

2. skating

b. United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries

3. webs

c. Italy

4. Christmas crackers

d. Norway

5. fried chicken

e. Catalonia

6. witch

f. Mexico

7. Santacon

g. Spain, Germany

8. broom

h. New York City

9. radish

i. Japan

10. the pooper

j. Caracas, Venezuela

Key:

1. g.

2. j.

3. a.

4. b.

5. i.

6. c.

7. h.

8. d.

9. f.

10. e.

Vocabulary

wacky

flúgos, lökött

weird

furcsa

pickle

savanyúság, savanyú uborka

4-wheeler

négykerekű görkorcsolya

customary

szokásos

mass

mise

bulky

terjedelmes

to skate

görkorcsolyázni

web

pókháló

bare

csupasz

to shine

csillogni

Commonwealth

Nemzetközösség

cardboard

karton

tube

cső

to twist

megcsavarni

unevenly

egyenlőtlenül

to reside

élni, lakni

feasting

lakomázás

witch

boszorkány

Epiphany

Vízkereszt

broomstick

seprűnyél

soot

korom

chimney

kémény

broom

seprű

superstition

babona

household

háztartás

evil spirit

gonosz szellem

grave

sír

head-to-toe

tetőtől talpig

elf

manó

radish

retek

nativity scene

betlehem

to sculpt

kifaragni

one-of-a-kind

egyedülálló, páratlan

pooper, crapper, shitter

kakáló

peasant

paraszt

shepherd

pásztor

backside

fenék

to defecate

kakálni, székletet üríteni

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