15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World

Christmas Tradition

Who doesn’t love Christmas? Unless you are the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, I am pretty sure you love celebrating a traditional Christmas with your family. But do you know how the rest of the world celebrates this festive season? Here are some fun and wacky Christmas traditions around the world.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It’s that time of the year again. Shopping like crazy at the last minute, hanging stockings over the chimney, putting up the Christmas lights, decorating the Christmas tree, making gingerbread houses, drinking eggnog, kissing under the mistletoe, listening to Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, dressing up as Santa Claus, opening presents and spending some jolly good time with our families. Ah yes, the merry spirit of Christmas is in the chilly winter air. 

But some countries and cultures have their very own Yuletide rituals and traditions and they celebrate this holy season with a different festive spirit and magic than we do. Although they may still decorate the Christmas tree, sing carols and enjoy a grand Christmas dinner, some of their traditions may seem fantastically surprising to us. In fact, some of them may even encourage you to try out some of their traditions and make them your own. 

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5 Wacky and Fun Christmas Traditions Around the World

To get you in the Christmassy mood, here are some wacky, weird and wonderful Christmas traditions around the world that make the holiday season merrier and even more fun: 

1. Sweden: The Yule Goat

15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World
15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World

In Sweden, the holiday season is celebrated with the Yule goat, which is usually made of straw and is believed to guard the Christmas tree. The tradition is believed to date back to the 11th century and according to ancient pagan legends, Saint Nicholas himself rode on a man-sized goat figure (unlike the Krampus, but more on the later) to deliver gifts to everyone. The Yule goat is even regarded as a benevolent spirit who protects everyone from the devil. Nowadays, people in Gävle, Sweden erect a gigantic statue of a straw goat decorated with red ribbons and festive lights and it is commonly known as the Gävle Goat. Unfortunately, the straw goat is burned by vandals each year, which in itself has become an unofficial tradition in the town.

2. Japan: Kentucky Fried Chicken Dinner

15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World
15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World

Japan never lets you down whenever you’re looking for some weird and quirky fun and Christmas is no different. One of the wackiest Christmas traditions around the world is people eating food at KFC in Japan. This crazy festive tradition started back in 1974 with KFC’s “Kentucky for Christmas” (Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!) promotion campaign and now Japanese people can’t have enough of KFC’s fried chicken for their Christmas Eve dinner. So instead of feasting on a traditional turkey dinner, families and couples visit their local KFC outlet to celebrate a merry holiday evening. Now this is one tradition you can surely bring home because who doesn’t like to munch on a bucket of good ol’ crispy Kentucky Fried Chicken with Colonel Santa.

3. Austria: The Night of Krampus

15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World
15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World

Since Halloween is my favorite holiday ever, the legend of the demonic Krampus is one of my most favorite Christmas traditions around the world. Austria has the legend of Krampus, the evil counterpart and accomplice of Saint Nicholas. While Father Christmas brings presents for ‘nice’ kids, the ghoulish and devilish creature known as Krampus stalks the streets on the nights leading up to Christmas searching for ‘naughty’ kids to take them away in his sack. Young men all across Austria dress up as Krampus during the holiday season and scare children (and even some adults) with scary pranks and ghastly sounds of bells and chains. In Vienna, people even celebrate the annual Krampus parade to spread the festive cheer.

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4. Philippines: The Giant Star Lantern

15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World
15 Wackiest And Fun Christmas Traditions Around The World

Love Christmas lights and decorations? Well, then you will surely love how Filipinos celebrate the festive season. One of the most amazing Christmas traditions around the world is the ‘Ligligan Parul Sampernandu’ or the giant lantern festival celebrated in the City of San Fernando, Philippines. The celebration involves dazzling lanterns resembling the Star of Bethlehem. The lanterns or parols are created on bamboo frames with numerous spinning lights that spread the Christmas cheer by lighting up the night sky.

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