12 Bizzare and Crazy Christmas Traditions from Around the World, by C. L. Lewis Author of The Creed Griffon Series, The Road to Dendura, Young adult Fiction Series Over 16,000 likes on Facebook!

Crazy Christmas Traditions Around
the World:
Okay, so the Christmas traditions I’m about to share, may sound a little crazy to us, but I’m sure are perfectly normal when coming from that particular culture. And although the tradition of putting coal in a naughty child’s stocking doesn’t sound too over the top where we’re concerned, it may be just as shocking to someone from another part of the world – as what you’re about to read. 

1. In South Africa, children are told the story of Danny, a
young boy who angered his grandmother by eating the Christmas cookies meant for
Santa. In a fit of rage she killed him, and he is said to haunt homes at
Christmas time. (****I think I prefer the Night Before Christmas story/poem…)

2. Kentucky
Fried Christmas in Japan: No kidding – just like how Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey is a must
on those holidays, for the Japanese it’s the Colonel’s Chicken. Since the beginning
of this marketing campaign four decades ago, KFC has been associated with
Christmas in the minds of the Japanese for generations, a tradition passed on
from parent to child in spite of its commercialized beginnings. More than
240,000 barrels of chicken will be sold during Christmas, five to ten times its
normal monthly sales.

3. Skating
your Way to Christmas in Venezuela: In the capital city, Caracas, before young
children go to bed on Christmas Eve, they tie one end of a string to their big
toe, leaving the other end outside their bedroom window. The fun part of the
Christmas celebration is on the day of the “Early Morning Mass”.
Streets were closed off to cars until 8 a.m. for people to roller-skate to the
service, and they customarily proceed to tug on any of the strings they see
hanging. (****If I lived there, I’d be tying strings together!)
4. A
Spidey Christmas in the Ukraine:  Instead
of glittering ornaments and tinsel, Ukrainian Christmas trees are covered with
an artificial spiders and cobwebs. Why the eccentric taste in spiders?
According to the local folklore, there was a poor woman who could not afford to
decorate the family Christmas tree. But the next morning, her children woke up to
see the tree covered with webs and when the first light of Christmas morning
touched the web threads, they turned into gold and silver. They were never left wanting again. Hence, it is believed that seeing a spider web on
Christmas morning brings luck.
5. Don’t
Stuff It in My Socks Philippines: Christmas is huge in the Philippines since
80% of the population are Christians. Celebrations last all the way to January.
Children will leave their brightly polished shoes and freshly washed socks on
the window sills for the Three Kings to leave gifts in when they pass through
their houses at night. The “Feast of the Three Kings” marks the end
of the Christmas celebrations.(****Thought those candy canes tasted a little funny…)
6. Pudding & Wishes in Britain: The Christmas
pudding is served on Christmas Day but the traditions we’re looking at has to
do with how it is made. Every member of the family (especially the kids) is to
stir the mix clockwise while making a wish. Earlier traditions include putting
a coin in the mix which brings wealth to whoever finds it in their serving.
Other additions include a ring for luck in marriage and a thimble for good luck
in life.

7. Norway:
There’s no cleaning on Christmas Eve. All brooms are safely hidden in case
their stolen by evil spirits and witches! (****I wonder if they take vacuums and all cleaning supplies? It’s worth a shot:)

8. Germany:
Children leave a shoe outside on December 5th which is then filled
with sweets overnight if they were good, or a tree branch if they were naughty.
(****My parents would’ve bypassed the branch and opted for the tree trunk )

9. Santa’s own Postal Code [H0H 0H0] Where do you send your letters to Santa to? The North
Pole? Santa’s workshop? Actually Santa has his own postal code, H0H 0H0 (with
zeros instead of the letter ‘o’) and it’s in Canada where postal codes are
alphanumeric. Letters – the kind that bypass parents – used to end up
undelivered because there was no centralized address for Kris Kringle. But for
the past 30 years, Canada Post volunteers (in the thousands) had been helping
Santa reply to a million letters (every year!) from children around the world
in different languages, including Braille.
10. Toss
Your Shoes and Get Hitched in the Czech Republic, Slovakia: If you don’t want
to celebrate another Christmas single, then try this: stand with your back to
the door and throw a shoe over your shoulders on Christmas day! If the shoe
lands with the toe pointing to the door, congratulations, you’re going to get
married soon! There’s no clue as to how long before you meet your prince
charming though. (****This is good because she’ll need time to practice her aim for after she gets married) LOL!!!
11. In
Slovakia, the most senior man takes a spoonful of loksa pudding and throws it
at the ceiling – the more that sticks, the better!

12. On
Christmas day in South Africa, locals devour deep fried caterpillars which would’ve developed into Emperor Moths. It’s considered a delicacy. 

(Didn’t think you’d want to see a picture of that)