Different ways of celebrating Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s interesting to take a look at how various cultures celebrate their holidays differently. Some of them may seem a little bizarre, but this is what makes every one of them unique and interesting. Here are some of the most distinctive celebrations and traditions from around the world for this holiday period:

  1. Catalonia
  • Catalans include the figure of “El Caganer” in their nativity scenes. It’s a small figure that represents a man in the act of defecation.
  • Catalans also celebrate the “Tió de Nadal”, known in English as the “pooing log”. The log is decorated with a face and a blanket wrapped around it, and it is beaten with a stick so that it ”poos” presents.
  1. Norway
  • On Christmas Eve, all brooms are hidden away, so that witches and evil spirits can’t get them.
  1. Germany
  • On Christmas Eve, Germans hide a pickle in the Christmas tree. The first child to find it in the morning receives a small gift.
  1. New Zealand
  • Instead of decorating a Fir tree for Christmas, new Zealanders decorate Pohutukawa trees.
  1. Czech Republic
  • During the Christmas season, unmarried women stand by the door and throw a shoe over their shoulder. If the shoe lands pointing towards the door, they will be married within the next year.
  1. Estonia
  • On Christmas Eve, Estonian families traditionally go to a sauna together.
  1. Great Britain
  • A very old tradition says that each member of the family must stir the Christmas pudding mix in a clockwise direction before it is cooked. Every time a member of the family stirs it, they are allowed to make wish.
  1. Italy
  • Instead of Santa Claus, Italian children await the arrival of Befana. She’s a friendly witch who delivers sweets and toys on the fifth of January.
  1. Japan
  • White Christmas cards are sent to friends and family but red cards are to be avoided, because they are the traditional colour of funeral announcements.
  1. Canada
  • The Canadian postal company, Canada Post, recognises the address “Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO”. Letters received with this address are both opened and replied to.

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