Cool Holiday Traditions Around the World

Dec 04, 2017

Santa Con - Call it cool, or call it creepy, Santa Con has taken over big cities worldwide. What began as a small pub crawl through San Francisco has morphed into a major city takeover each Christmas season. But to participate, you need to sport an entire Santa Claus outfit (a Santa hat is a no-go), and you need to call every other participant Santa. It could get confusing.

Broom Hiding in Norway - On Christmas Eve, Norwegians, in a nod to ancient pagan days, hide all brooms on Christmas Eve, and some men even fire warning shots into the air. The reason for this? According to legend, witches and other evil spirits come out on that night each year. And witches need brooms.

Krampus in Austria, Hungary, and Germany -  Everyone knows that Santa Claus rewards good children with gifts on Christmas. But if you live in Austria, Hungary or Germany - and you're bad - there is Krampus, a disgusting, half-goat, half-demon who shows up to punish you. Today, young people dress up as Krampus and roam the streets in Austria, Romania, Bavaria, and other Balkan countries to frighten young children. Time to behave!

Yule Lads in Iceland: Yuletide Lads, or Yule Lads, are figures from Icelandic folklore, who have become the country’s modern-day Santa Claus. They put rewards or punishments into shoes placed by children on window sills during the last 13 nights before Christmas Eve. Every night, different Yuletide lad visits each child, leaving gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on the child’s behavior throughout the year.

Christmas Pudding Stir in Great Britain: A Christmas tradition in Great Britain involves having each family member stir the Christmas pudding mix in a clockwise manner while making a wish!

Canada: The Canada Post gets a lot of mail for the address: Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada. And, any letters received are opened and then replied to, making for some very excited Canadian children around Christmas time!

Tell us: What are some of your favorite holiday traditions from around the globe?



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