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7 Reasons To Try 7 Weird Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Written By Sarah Tunstall
Thursday 3 Dec 2015 10:58

Try this if you’re single and don’t want to be

It’s tradition for singletons in the Czech Republic to stand at their back door and throw a shoe over their shoulder if they’re hoping to find their special someone in the next year. Apparently, if the shoe lands with the toe pointing towards the door, you’re going to get married soon. If not, better luck next Christmas.

Try this if you really hate cooking Christmas Dinner

In Japan, people ditch the turkey and all the trimmings and head over to KFC for Christmas Dinner. For over 40 years, they’ve enjoyed chicken by the bucket load on the big day, which not only saves all the time spent making Christmas Dinner, but all that washing up too!

Try this if you can’t be bothered decorating the Christmas Tree

People in Ukraine decorate their Christmas Trees with artificial spiders and cobwebs. A tradition said to have began when a woman who couldn’t afford to decorate her tree, woke up wealthy on Christmas morning thanks to gold and silver cobwebs covering it. So if the thought of decorating your tree isn’t appealing to you, it’s only a matter of time before a spider sets up home in it, and it might even bring you money!

Try this if you can’t get the kids to behave

If threatening the kids with being on Santa’s naughty list isn’t working, maybe it’s time to introduce Krampus Night – Santa’s evil accomplice. Well, he is in Austria anyway. Krampus is an evil creature that punishes naughty children and in Austria, with men roaming the streets dressed as him to frighten the little ones in the lead up to Christmas.


Try this if you’re fed up of the cold weather

In Estonia many families have a sauna in their home where they believe a “sauna elf” resides to protect them. Yes, really. Anyway, it’s tradition for families to visit their sauna on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve before the spirits of dead ancestors arrive after sunset. Wacky, but warm at least.

Try this if your Christmas rubbish pile is beginning to look unsightly

At Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in Ohio, every year workers put up over 30,000 Christmas lights and 25ft tall candy canes across the 234 acres of rubbish. So if your bins are overflowing, simply decorate your empty boxes and wrapping paper with lights. If nothing else, it could end up looking a bit arty.

Try this if you want to relive your youth

In Caracas, Venezuela, it’s customary to travel to church on roller skates during the festive period. It’s so popular that roads are closed to ensure everyone can roll to church safely. So spread the word and get your skates on.


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