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Unusual Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Most people think of Christmas as a time to celebrate with family, gain a little weight from holidays treats, and exchange some gifts. But did you know that Christmas is celebrated in different ways all over the world? It’s absolutely incredible! For example, if you lived in the Philippines you would attend the Giant Lantern Festival, and if you were in Austria you would be living in fear of the Krampus! We were amazed by all the different traditions, so we wanted to share with you some of the more unusual ones that are out there! Keep reading to find out what your neighbors all around the world are getting into for the holidays, some of them will really surprise you!

1. Portugal

The holidays can sometimes be a difficult time for those that have lost loved ones. This tradition allows them to be remembered and included in the festivities.

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2. Greece

This is a beautiful way to enjoy a warm fire on a cold winter’s day.

3. Haiti

This is like hanging up stockings to put presents in!

4. Venezuela

Imagine seeing a bunch of people out roller skating on Christmas morning! It would be so much fun!

5. Sweden

Not only is this a cute idea, it’s delicious, as well. Well, it’s delicious for those that are single. If you’re taken, no pudding for you.

6. Philippines

Who doesn’t enjoy a Christmas feast full of yummy foods?

7. Italy

So people are just running around in their underwear while sipping on champagne?

8. United Kingdom

That’s probably why most of my single friends steer clear of mistletoe. United Kingdom

9. Mexico

The art of food carving is alive and well with this one. It’s definitely creative, but why a radish and not an avocado?

10. Poland

It seems that a lot of these traditions focus on people needing to get married. Don’t fret if you get the yellow straw. Being single isn’t so bad.

11. Catalonia

Caga Tio means “poo log.” The children look after it by feeding it and on Christmas Eve they beat it with a stick to make it poop presents.

12. Czech Republic

All of the single women throwing their shoes at the door in hopes of getting married. That would definitely be a sight to see, that’s for sure.

13. Finland

People looking for love hope to see hearts and rings.

14. Belarus

A rooster decides who’s getting married next.

15. Ukraine

Finding a spider web on your tree is good luck.

16. Japan

While most people go to fancy restaurants, the Japanese are completely content munching on some good ol’ fried chicken.

17. Greenland

We hope they get pampered more than one day a year!

18. Austria

It’s also a sign of good health if the twig blossoms by Christmas Eve.

19. Worldwide

We’ve all had at least one New Year’s Eve kiss in our lifetime. It’s a wonderful way to bring in the New Year, and also a great way to make a new friend!

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