Inventory of nine wonderful traditional Christmas customs in the world

Update:18 Dec 2020

No.1 Catalonia, Spain Christmas Wood Man

In Catalonia, Spain, every household will have a little Christmas wooden man wearing a little red hat on December 8. Each owner will leave something for the little wooden man to eat and wrap the wooden man with a blanket to prevent him from starving and freezing. Then, when the children are not paying attention, they hide the Christmas gifts under the blanket. Anyway, the wooden people are hollow, and the children will think that the gifts are really wooden people's poop.


No.2 Carrot Night in Oaxaca, Mexico

Every December 23rd, the annual "Vegetable Carving Competition" is held in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Carrots are seasonal vegetables, and works carved from carrots will also be exhibited until Christmas. These miniature sculptures are lifelike, vividly depicting the scene of the birth of Jesus, and reproduce many local Mexican folk tales. The origin of the carrot mini-carving was the whim of the shopkeepers of several local shops, using mini-carrot mini-carving to attract customers. Time flies, and now this custom has evolved into today's three-day festival.


No.3 Santa "occupies" San Francisco

Imagine that men, women and children all dressed up as Santa Claus gather together. To join this party, you don’t just need to wear a Christmas hat, you must wear Santa’s outfit completely, and you must call the same dressed friends as "Santa Claus."


No.4 Ukraine, spider web for good luck

In Ukraine, hanging spider webs on Christmas trees at Christmas is a local custom. Although it sounds weird, you may understand this custom by listening to the following local legend: Once upon a time, a poor single mother took her child. , Live in a cold cabin. The children found an evergreen tree and wanted to use it as a Christmas tree, but there were no decorations. It was night, the mother washed her face with tears, and the kind spider couldn't bear to make her grief, so they all formed delicate webs on the tree. The next morning, the spider web was shining brightly in the sun. From that day on, the single mother had nothing to ask for.


No.5 Norway Hidden Broom on Christmas Eve

The Norwegians take the trouble to hide all the brooms every Christmas Eve, and many elders also take out shotguns and fire a few shots in the air as a warning, which is regarded as a pagan custom. There are also allusions to this: According to local legends, witches and other various demons will appear on Christmas Eve; and what a witch needs to walk around is a broom.


No.6 Japanese KFC

Compared with the others, this custom has a much lower odds index. It doesn’t sound strange to go to KFC on Christmas Eve to eat fried chicken. Every Christmas Eve, every KFC store is crowded with people who come to buy fried chicken, and the scene is spectacular. However, why did the Japanese people choose KFC as the place to celebrate Christmas? Because Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, and for the Japanese people, the most "American flavor" is KFC. However, this tradition has been carried forward because of the careful marketing of merchants in the 1970s. The Smithsonian Institution of the United States also wrote articles detailing the details behind this strategy.



No.7 Venezuela A swarm of roller skating

In addition to setting off firecrackers in the early morning, people in Caracas, Venezuela, will get up early and roller skating in groups. Many streets will deliberately cut off all means of transportation, so that people can go to church on roller skating as a family.


No.8 Wales, UK, play a dead horse and sing a hymn

Pretending to be a dead horse to sing hymns is an ancient custom in Wales during the winter solstice. It is a disguised continuation of pagan festivals before Christmas. People gathered around a person wearing a dead horse skull and pretending to be a dead horse, and then a group of people waited from house to house to sing chants, hoping to get some food as a gift, and pray for good luck for everyone. This is not an overseas myth, but a recorded allusion, derived from the widely sung hymn-we sing a Christmas toast song.


No.9 Austria, Germany, Hungary, play as a monster

For good kids, Santa Claus sends gifts at Christmas, and for bad kids, there is the monster Santa Kemps to punish them. In fact, just one glance at Kemps is enough to shake all over! Yes! He looks too scary! Kemps originated from German fairy tales. Nowadays, young people dress up as the Kemps monster and walk on the streets of Austria, Romania, Bavaria and other Balkan countries, just to scare the children.