Deck the hall with boughs of holly, fix the socks above the fire, stick a fairy atop the Christmas tree, and decorate the horse’s skull with bells and ribbons! Okay, we might all have our own Christmas traditions, but around the world there are some that we might consider a little strange, but none the less, they are part of culture and tradition where they are celebrated, so who are we to judge?
We had a look at some of the more unusual traditions around the world.
Krampus (Austria): Krampus is a half-goat, half-demon creature who punishes naughty children on Christmas Eve. He is often depicted with a long tongue, sharp teeth, and horns, and he carries a sack of coal and birch rods.
KFC Christmas dinner (Japan): KFC Christmas dinner is a popular tradition in Japan. It began in the 1970s when KFC launched a Christmas marketing campaign that promoted fried chicken as a convenient and affordable Christmas dinner option. The campaign was a huge success, and KFC Christmas dinner has become a beloved tradition in Japan.
Caganer (Catalonia): The Caganer is a figurine of a man defecating in the nativity scene. It is believed that the Caganer brings good luck and prosperity in the new year.
Mari Lwyd (Wales): Mari Lwyd is a horse skull that is decorated with ribbons and bells. It is carried on a pole by a group of people who go from house to house singing and challenging the residents to a battle of wits.
La Befana (Italy): La Befana is a good witch who delivers presents to children on the eve of the Epiphany (January 5). She is often depicted as flying on a broomstick and carrying a sack of toys and candy.
These are just a few examples of the many odd Christmas traditions around the world. While some of these traditions may seem strange to outsiders, as we have said, they are an important part of the cultural heritage of the countries where they are practiced.
You can always expand your own traditional celebrations by including one of these, or share your unusual practice and allow others to join in with your celebrations to make this season the most culturally divers ever.
(This article was generated by Google Bard (AI) and edited by a human).