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Today we will see authentic South African Christmas traditions in full swing—from cooked hams to tinsel around the house. But what traditions do our fellow humans around the world bring to life on this day?
Getting out the spiderwebs, Ukraine
In Ukraine, the decor strays from tinsel and lights to something a bit more natural, for lack of a better term. These European relatives of ours cover their trees in decorative cobwebs and sparkling spiders.
According to legend, a poor widow and her children had grown a Christmas tree from a pinecone, but once it was big enough to be decorated for the holidays, they realised they had no means to decorate this tree. During the night before Christmas, spiders heard the children crying over the fact that they had no funds for the tree and went to work, decorating it themselves. When the family awoke in the morning, they were elated to see the beautiful webs which had been spun, shimmering in the sun to make their tree as lovely as anyone else’s.
Book lovers dream with Jolabokaflod in Iceland.
Jolabokaflod means “Christmas Book Flood” and is a great Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland, people worldwide should note. On Christmas Eve, Icelandic families exchange brand new books and spend the rest of the evening, reading.
This tradition stemmed from WWII when paper was one of the only things not in short supply. This made books a viable gift option (Countryliving.com). This encouragement of literature in every household could explain why one in ten Icelanders have published a book.
In Austrian tradition, Saint Nicholas is not the only one working this time of the year. In fact, he has an accomplice named Krampus. 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, clattering chains and bells.
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan
Christmas has never been a significant 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
In Norway, people hide their brooms, but why? The tradition dates back centuries to when people believed witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve to look for brooms to ride on.
To this day, people hide their brooms to ensure no supernatural being steals their household cleaning tool.
How is your Christmas going? Share your thoughts on the traditions above, in the comment section below.
Authors: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer