Unusual Christmas traditions celebrated around the world


Christmas brings along some traditions with it that we do not fully understand. Yet, we still take advantage of them. Whether it is a Christmas tree in the house or a Christmas wreath on the door frame, we just love festive experiences, goodies and just plain old Christmas things.


Yet there are traditions in the world, which make no sense whatsoever.  We now look at some unusual Christmas traditions celebrated around the globe, which probably did not make a festive appearance in your celebrations today.

Gävle Goat, Sweden

Gävle Goat, Sweden
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Since 1966, a 13-metre-tall Yule goat is built in the centre of Gävle for the Advent of Christmas. While built annually on December 1, this Swedish Christmas tradition has started another tradition. A rather unusual one to say the least.

Instead of admiring the gigantic goat, people try to burn it down. In fact, since 1966, the goat has been successfully burned down 29 times.

Talk about lighting up the festive season.

Krampus, Austria

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This rather unusual tradition seems to belong more in October alongside Halloween, instead of December and being linked with Christmas.

In Austrian tradition, Saint Nicholas is not the only one up and about during the festive season. In fact, he has an accomplice named Krampus. But while St Nicholas rewards the good children, Krampus targets the naughtiest children and takes them away in his sack.

In the first week of December, young men dress up as Krampus, frightening children with clattering chains and bells. The sound of festive cheer being overshadowed by screaming children, yip that sounds like Christmas.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan

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Who doesn’t like KFC? Good old Colonel Sanders secret recipe is simply, finger licking good or so they say. But KFC is not something for Christmas, is it? A corporate catching onto the festive season to move product, that would never happen.

Christmas has never been a major holiday in Japan, but it has spawned a quirky tradition. Every year, Japanese take to KFC, where they can enjoy a Christmas themed KFC meal.

Hiding brooms, Norway


This is perhaps one of the most unorthodox Christmas eve traditions ever. In Norway, people hide their brooms.

Why? The tradition dates back centuries to when people believed witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve. Their mission? To look for brooms to ride on. Because that’s what evil spirits who FLY up out of the ground want to do, fly a stick with a moustache.

To this day, people hide their brooms to ensure no supernatural being steals their household appliance.

With unusual traditions forming part of the day’s festivities, what quirky traditions do you have for Christmas? Let us know in the comment section below.


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