Christmas Traditions from around the world
One of the best things about the holidays are making memories with your loved ones and participating in traditions passed down from generations. We love discovering new customs and traditions. With the holidays almost here (hello, eggnog), we wanted to share a few of our favourite Christmas traditions that are celebrated around the world.
Hide your Brooms:
In Norway, it is ancient superstition that advises households to hide your cleaning products and brooms on Christmas Eve. It is believed that evil spirits and witches may emerge to steal the brooms and ride the skies. Making it a great opportunity to leave all of your housework until after the holidays!
Put a shoe on it:
Wondering if you will be married in the upcoming year? Women in Czech Republic have a Christmas Day tradition to figure this out. The tradition involves single women turning their backs to the household door and launching a shoe over their shoulder. If the shoe lands with the heel pointing to the door, it indicates she will stay single for the upcoming year. However, if the shoe lands with its foot pointing to the door she may expect a wedding in the new year!
Visit from Uncle Sam:
Forget the turkey, for many people in Japan, the traditional Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).The tradition began in 1974 when a group of foreigners visiting Japan struggled to find turkey and settled for KFC. KFC used this as a marketing opportunity and launched “Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii” meaning 'Kentucky for Christmas'. It became so popular that some KFC restaurants in the country require you to make a reservation on the day.
Let it burn:
In southern France, some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. This stems from an ancient tradition in which farmers would use part of the log to ensure good luck for the next year’s harvest.
In Australia, the holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual for some parts of Australia to hit 100 degrees Farenheit on Christmas day. During the warm and sunny Australian Christmas season, time is spent outside with prawns on the beach, cold beers and cricket in the back yard. Traditional Christmas day celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging gifts and enjoying barbeques.
Have your own unique traditions? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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