So I thought I would have a bit of fun with you today… (Not in the weird way) :P. Over the world there are a number of weird Christmas traditions that you may not know about. Christmas is already an internationally recognized holiday but some countries take their own spin on it… So I thought you could have a go at the Christmas tradition challenge 🙂
Below I will put a list of 10 Christmas traditions from across the world. 5 will be real traditions that happen, 5 I will have made up. The Game….. to decipher which are real and which are not. And no cheating 😛
- Children in Austria live in fear of the demon spirits of people they have harmed over the years. Their forms appear on the night of Christmas Eve, and they torment the child before Christmas Day.
- In Britain an age-old tradition dictates that each member of the family must stir the Christmas pudding mix in a clockwise direction, making a Christmas wish as they go.
- Catalonians decorate a log with a face and a blanket on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day the log is beaten with sticks in order for treats to come out.
- In France children leave wine and cheese for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve instead of the usual milk and cookies.
- In South Africa children are told the story of Danny, a young boy that ate the cookies left for Santa. This angered his grandmother, who in a rage killed him. South African children believe he haunts Christmas.
- Fruit cake is made as a punishment for children who misbehaved on Christmas.
- In America a tradition called the running of the Santa’s involves people dressing up as Santa and running across the town in a marathon event.
- In Slovakia the most senior man of the house takes a spoonful of pudding and throws it at the ceiling. The more that sticks, the better the holiday will be.
- People traveling to the Caracas mass in Venezuela create a long conga line that leads them right up to the door of the church. People who come to this celebration enjoy the idea of doing the conga through the town all in the means of the celebration.
- A yule cat is said to stalk the Icelandic hills. Those who don’t receive any new clothes before Christmas are said to be devoured by this beast.
By the way I do not wish to offend anyone by doing this, all these Christmas traditions are special in their own way. I am not against anyones culture or anything I just thought this would be fun and would like to extend my gratitude to the people of the world. You are all amazing 😛
So write down in the comments which ones you think are true and which ones are false. Tomorrow I will post a list of which ones are true and false and a list of the people who got it right. So come up and try, do you dare to transport yourself into the world of Christmas traditions. 🙂