Christmas is a time of festive cheer, where family and friends focus on the important things in life. Like all special celebrations, Christmas is filled with endearing traditions, from Christmas trees, carols to brightly coloured decorations.
While each person embraces local Christmas decorations, here are traditions in the world, which make no sense whatsoever. We now look at five unusual Christmas traditions celebrated around the globe, which probably did not make a festive appearance in your celebrations today.
Gävle Goat, Sweden
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.
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
Who doesn’t like KFC? Good old Colonel Sanders secret recipe is simple, 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, the 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.
Rollerblading fun, Caracas
The capital of Caracas really gets things rolling for Christmas. Venezuelans in this city strap on their rollerblades on Christmas morning and take to the streets to skate to mass, as 70% of the population is Catholic.
Such is the popularity of the annual tradition that the government actually closes the streets until 8 am on Christmas day in order to make sure it’s safe for families to enjoy the holiday tradition together.
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.