Christmas is not just about decorating trees and Santa clause. There are many more traditions that people follow in some of the countries. The logic behind these traditions are quite intriguing and fun. Here are some unique traditions for Christmas Eve.
In 1966 a 43 foot tall goat was erected in the middle of Gavle, Sweden. On midnight of of New Year’s Eve that year, somebody set it on fire and a tradition was born.
In Caracus, capital of Venezuela, roller-skating to Christmas early morning mass has become a tradition.
A monster with horns and dark hair beat naughty children into being nice.
In Iceland, Yule lads replace Santa. They visit kids 13 days before Christmas and leave small gifts for nice and well behaved kids or a rotten potato for naughty kids.
Ghosts arrive to Christmas dinner in Portugal. They layout extra plates and the leftovers are kept on the table for the ghost.
The superstitious Norwegians believed witches and other creatures come looking for brooms so they hide their brooms.
People sweeps out and clean their houses and put a pile of communal dust with neighbours and burn it with a sculpture of devil. Thus, Guatemala have the cleanest Christmas.
A man from each village visit houses putting on a horse skull and if, they knock your door you are expected to invite them for booze and be friendly.
This video can give you nightmares.
9. Czech Republic
Single ladies stand in front of a door on Christmas Eve and throw a shoe over their shoulder. If the shoe lands facing the door they will be married within a year if not then they will have to one more year.
A successful campaign of Kentucky Fried Christmas KFC became Japanese Christmas food. People queue up for hours to buy fast food meal that includes champagne and cake.
Japanese KFC Christmas commercial.