Heart warming Christmas traditions to get in the holiday spirit
“Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer”
– Alvin and The Chipmunks
Yes, we just quoted Alvin and The Chipmunks. Clearly, we are delirious. Deliriously happy! Why? BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS! And if you think, quoting furry animals to show how happy we are is weird, wait till you check out some of the weird Christmas tradition we recently heard about!
Christmas is one festival that is celebrated across the world with equal amount of fervor, pomp and joy but what’s different is the traditions that are unique to different countries and regions. Here we give you the lowdown on some of the Christmas traditions that are followed across the world. Enjoy and a Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours!
This is a big one! Different countries belief different food brings luck on Christmas. In Spain, a dozen grapes are eaten in the final 12 seconds of the year. In Cuba, Portugal and Austria, pork is considered to bring prosperity and is a big part of the Christmas meal. In Greece and Mexico, ring shaped cakes are considered lucky. In Sweden and Norway, an almond is hidden deep in sticky rice pudding and is meant to bring luck to whoever finds it.
The Catalonians have a strange tradition where they create a character out of a small log, complete with a face and clothes. This log is then kept on the dining table for the fortnight leading upto Christmas and is fed everyday with nuts and sweets and on Christmas Eve, the entire family beats the log with sticks while singing traditional songs.
Christmas on Wheels!
In the capital of Venezuela, they believe in going to early morning mass on roller-blades. The tradition is followed by all so religiously that the streets are cleared to allow for safe roller blading!
Wicked Witch Of Christmas
Norwegians believe that Christmas Eve coincides with the arrival of evil spirits and witches. So of course, households will hide all their brooms before they go to sleep!
Santa’s little Spider?
In Ukraine, they believe adorning the tree with spider webs and spider figurines brings good luck. Legend has it a poor woman once went to sleep upset about not being able to afford tinsel and woke up to find her tree decorated by a shiny beautiful spider web. who needs tinsel huh?
Czech women perform a simple ritual during Christmas to determine how successful their love life will be during the following year. Unmarried women will stand with their backs to the front door and hurl a shoe over their shoulder. If the shoe lands with the toe pointing towards the door, they will be wed within the year
Who Needs Ham When You Have KFC?
In Japan, Christmas is closely associated with KFC after a massively popular marketing campaign in the 70’s . Every Christmas, KFC’s around Japan are inundated with orders and now you need to pre-book your Christmas meal weeks in advance!
The Santa Run
In good old San Francisco, The Running Of The Santas is a massive bar crawl where people dress up as Santas and Elves and get completely inebriated. Where do we sign up!?
We all know about Christmas cookies. In South Africa however, they prefer Christmas caterpillars. Caterpillars from the Empror moth are deep fried and served on Christmas.