ALT CHRISTMAS DAYDecember 4, 2012
Oh Yeah. Christmas Day! It’s all about tradition. Family board games, Christmas dinner, selection box for breakfast and a maybe a nice family film to doze off to…
But let’s be enlightened to the world, as not all people celebrate Christmas in the same way. We hunted down the most weird and wonderful Christmas traditions. Check these gems out below…
A tradition in Germany involves a glass molded pickle, it is hung on the tree Christmas Eve. The morning after, the challenge is set to find the glass pickle (it’s green and see-through, thus hard to see). The eagle eyed child who finds it first is then rewarded with a special gift. It is said the glass pickle ornament is passed down in family throughout generations…
In Japan, the traditional Christmas dinner is not what you might expect. In large regions, southern fried chicken is the dish of the day. Be sure to book a table or join the queue early if you’re feeling the urge.
Great Britain has many a weird tradition. This festive edition is all about the lucky stir. It is said, whilst mixing the ingredients for your Christmas pud, you should make a wish and it will most certainly come true.
Our favourite Christmas tradition, without a doubt, is the Catalonia Christmas log. The log is hollowed and designed to resemble a small dog, with a little face and all. The hollow dog is then filled with sweets and other festive treats all ready for the big day. When Christmas arrives, the family take turns to hit the wooden log with a stick, forcing the contents to fall from its behind… Yes…. Like a poo.
From Ukraine it’s all about the tree decorations. The tale says that once upon a time a poor lady could not afford decorations for her tree. On Christmas morning she woke up to find spiders had spun the webs all over the tree, as some sort of good will gift. It is common place for Ukrainian’s to place fake spiders and webs on their trees.
Over the UK a tradition trend is picking up steam. The picture below is from Devon, where crowds of people head to the sea for a festive dip. Carazy!!
In the Czech Republic it is a ritual for women, on Christmas Eve, to throw a shoe. They stand with their backs to the front door, take of a shoe, and throw it over their shoulder. The point? It’s all about love. If the heel lands facing the door, the woman will be wed within a year. But if the toe lands facing the door, the lady will remain single.
Norwegian legend says that on Christmas Eve witches and evil spirits come out looking for brooms to ride . To rid of the problem, it is common practice to hide all your brooms on Christmas Eve… No one wants a witch getting all up in your grillz.
We asked some fellow urban friends about their family Christmas traditions.
“We dance and sing around the Christmas tree in the evening before you open any presents, nothing weird about it though,everybody in Denmark does it”
“We go for a swim the sea!! It’s kind of a tradition in Devon”.
“Play Monopoly EVERY year and put Roses/Quality Street and chance/community chest bills in the middle. If you land on Free Parking you get the lot. BOOM”
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