Every family has its own Christmas traditions passed down from generation to generation. There are also traditions that countries, regions, states, and even towns cherish. But there are some traditions that some of us may consider strange. So, for your holiday enjoyment (or horror) here are 10 strange Christmas traditions!
1. If you get upset when the Christmas turkey is dry remember you could be having a different kind of holiday feast. In South Africa people dig into a nice plate of deep fried caterpillars of the Emperor Moth!
2. Also in South Africa (and here’s one guaranteed to terrify the kids) the tale is told of Danny a young boy who ate all the cookies left for Santa. This so angered his grandmother that she killed him and now he’s said to haunt homes every Christmas. Sleep tight, Kids!
3. Sometimes the kids or even the husband complain about going to church on Christmas. Maybe they’d find it more fun if they followed the Venezuelan tradition of getting there on roller skates! I wonder how many people end up getting casts for Christmas in Venezuela.
4. Kids aren’t crazy about getting clothes for Christmas unless they live in Iceland. The Yule Cat is said to live in the hills in Iceland and, if people don’t get new clothes before Christmas this less than friendly kitty devours them! This may be why I’ve always been more of a dog person.
This is not a Yule Cat. This is a sweet kitty being annoyed by someone who thinks it’s cute to dress up animals.
5. Christmas is chaotic for most of us but in Greece there’s a devilish reason for the chaos. The Kallikantzaroi (a race of evil goblins) appear for the 12 days of Christmas and wreak havoc. And you blamed the kids and the in-laws!
6. In Sweden a peeled almond is hidden in rice pudding. The person who finds the almond will, according to tradition, by married within the year. This may explain why so many single Swedish men claim they’re just to full for dessert!
7. In Greenland they have a couple of tasty Christmas treats. Mattak is raw whale skin served with blubber (because what’s raw whale skin without blubber?). Perhaps you’d rather have Kiviak which is 500 auk birds stuffed in a seal skin and left to ferment for 7 months! And you thought you had to get up early to start the turkey!
8. Ukrainians don’t decorate their Christmas trees with gaudy ornaments and flashing light. They adorn their trees with artificial spiders and webs. I am never, ever going to the Ukraine at Christmas!
9. And if you thought your house was a mess after Christmas, try being a housewife in Slovakia. There the most senior man in the house flings a spoonful of lokse pudding at the ceiling. The more that sticks up there, the better.
10. While your Japanese friends may love getting a white Christmas card from you, avoid sending red ones. Red cards are reserved for funeral announcements.