Christmas Traditions That Are Quite Unusual Around The World
These are the most unusual Christmas traditions around the world that you can never see before.
Posted By- Khyati Rathod | Posted On - Nov 26, 2022
While Christmas may have as a Christian holiday and is often still celebrated as such, people from all over the world have embraced the festive season and added their own traditions along the way. Manger scenes, Santa Claus, and smiley snowmen still reign supreme, but if you look hard enough you will discover some very different takes on December's most famous day. These are the most unusual Christmas traditions around the world that you can never see before.
1. Australia: Bad Santa
British kids are well acquainted with Father Christmas, Santa Claus, or Saint Nick, but they can consider themselves lucky they don't live in Austria, where a ghoulish creature called 'Krampus', the evil accomplice of St Nicholas, is said to wander the streets in search of badly-behaved children. During the month of December, you can expect to see terrifying masked figures out and about scaring kids and adults alike with ghastly pranks.
2. Iceland: the yule cat
One of the weirdest festive traditions we have heard of comes from Iceland, where a giant cat is said to roam at this Christmas time. Traditionally farmers would use the Yule Cat as an incentive for their workers - those who work hard can receive a new set of clothes and many gifts.
3. Ukraine: A Cobweb Christmas
Ukraine's most strange festive tradition is not one for arachnophobes! Where we would have baubles, tinsel, and stars, Ukrainians use decorations that mimic the natural formation of spiders' webs shimmering with dew. This tradition is totally different from other traditions that we do not even see anywhere else.
4. Japan: Colonel Santa
The American fast-food restaurant KFC released a festive marketing campaign in Japan. spawned a national tradition that still thrives to this day. Although Christmas is not even a national holiday in Japan, families from all over the country head to their local KFC for a special Christmas Eve meal. While fried chicken it may be, expect to pay a higher premium on the biggest sales day of the year. A KFC Christmas dinner clocks in at around 3,336 yen (£20).
5. Italy: Belfana the watch
Don’t Forget a Santa Claus and December 25th when in Italy, as all the action takes place on the eve of January 5th. According to folklore, according to an old woman named Belfana visits all the children of Italy to fill their stockings with candy and leave them presents if they have been good. Just like Father Christmas, Belfana go to te chimney and is left treats by the children who live there something like candies, gifts, cookies, etc.
Fun Christmas activities for both adults and children
On Christmas may have every family has a special holiday tradition. When I was growing up we always had a lot of families at my house, so our Christmas holiday was very busy. My husband's family was very different because they did not spend the holiday with extended family. My mother in law was told me that it was important for her to come up with ways to keep her kids occupied on Christmas Day. She stretched meals and other activities to create a special Christmas day for her family.
when your holiday is fully planned or you are still working to develop some of the year's own family traditions. You can create some of the fun activities with your family and friends. See some of the lists of fun activities for adults and kids that can make their day a special moment.
1. Stocking stuffers
Exchanging stocking stuffers is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Everyone in the family is required to buy some small presents, both in size and cost, for every other person in the family. As a result, no one person is in charge of filling up the stocking. With an added twist, you can turn this into a game where everyone must guess who they think gave them the various items in their stocking.
2. Share your favorites with your favorite
This is a really fun activity to do while eating dinner or while sitting around the fire drinking homemade gourmet coffee. Simply share some of your favorite Christmas items, whether memories, gifts, or songs, with family and friends. Take turns, or turn it into a game where people try to guess your favorites in a certain category. This game provides a great bonding experience and a wonderful opportunity for people to get to know each other better.
3. Go To Tradition
American commercial culture celebrates Christmas beginning the day after thanksgiving or else with a Black Friday shopping, Christmas technically starts on Christmas day and is celebrated for some of the days. The four weeks prior to Christmas are known as Advent, which is more potential than celebratory. As a result, some families do not decorate until Christmas actually arrives. Not only will this help to build the anticipation for Christmas, but it will also ensure everyone is home and together to decorate the tree.
For The Kids
1. Judge the Neighborhood Lights
As a kid, Christmas is one of my favorite activities to walk around my neighborhood with my cousins and judge everyone’s Christmas decorations. I grew up in South Florida, so we walked around pretty comfortably. If it’s chilly where you live and you can pile everyone up in a car for a fun drive, try something new to add some fun.
2. Make Ornaments On This Christmas
There are a lot of ornament ideas on the internet, but one of the favorites is decorating pine cones to look like mini Christmas trees. Many of your adults probably did this as kids. To start, find some unbroken pine cones in your yards and clean them off. If you plan early enough, you can spray paint with your favorite color. I really like to paint white because it shows like white snow. Then I use glue sticks, glitter, cotton balls, and beads, and then my imagination just gets started.
3. Dance in the light of Christmas
My sister and I really loved Christmas music in the light of the Christmas tree. Once Christmas was complete and the lights were shining, we just put our favorite Christmas tape in our pink boom box and had a ball. We are really initiating this season by turning on every Christmas light or incorporating every decoration that might spin or be blank. This was one of the best things for kids to do, and pure joy for the adults watching too!
For a Christmas Party
- Decoration competition
- Cookie exchange
- Name that tune
- Do a Thanksgiving activity
1. Decoration Competition
On this day, decoration is one of the great things at every festival. There are a lot of different things that you can decorate for a competition. I have a do in this Christmas is cookie decorating and that is a great individuals competition. I suggest starting with a basic sugar cookie and having a variety of frosting and sprinkles. On this day, organize a cookie decorating competition, make your favorite cookie, and win this competition.
2. Cookie Exchange
If you plan on spending Christmas with a large group, set up a Christmas cookie exchange. Everyone should bring individually wrapped portions of their cookies to the party, as well as recipes so that each person can have a sample to take home and enjoy.
3. Do A Thanksgiving Activity
There are some fun and frugal Thanksgiving activities, games, and crafts that can also be fun to do at Christmas. This includes activities like trivia, puzzles, and serving those less fortunate. Just change the theme from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and you’re all set!
Make your Christmas and Christmas party special with those things, and make your special ones' Christmas day special. Enjoy and have fun!