Words: Emily Venables
It's once again that magical time of year; Christmas. Whether you celebrate or not, there's no getting away from the extra sparkle that shines around the world in these special few weeks. Christmas traditions are often a big part of this time of year, whether that's decorating your Christmas trees or swapping gifts, everyone has their own way of celebrating the occasion. However, not all traditions are the same and we love these quirkier ones from around the world.
Japan – KFC Christmas Dinner
Yes, you have read that title correctly. In Japan, Christmas isn’t a national holiday nor is it more than bit of a niche celebration. However, due to very successful marketing campaign in the 70s, the Japanese indulge in their fave American born fried chicken take away on Christmas eve. It’s not just a simple case of rockin’ up to their local KCF though, due to incredibly high demand families often order their buckets weeks in advance or face hours of queuing!
Norway – Hide your broom
In a tradition that dates back centuries, this Christmas-time tale is a little more peculiar than most. Many, many years ago, Norwegians believed witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. Today, people still hide their brooms away on Christmas Eve so not to tempt evil spirits to their home!
Ukraine - The good luck Christmas spider
An old folk’s tale told the story of how a poor woman and her child found a Christmas tree growing in their garden. They bought it in the house but couldn’t afford to decorate it. When they woke up on Christmas morning, a spider had spun a web across the whole tree and when the child opened the window it glistened and sparkled. Ukrainians still believe that the spider that came Christmas morning can bring good luck so they adorn their Christmas trees with fake spiders to encourage good luck!
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