Jut for the heck of it what are traditions that everyone does that is not norm for Christmas?
Christmas is mostly about celebrations, gift-giving, merry-making and church-attending. That’s what the common notion of Christmas is to most of us.
But in some parts of the world, you may/can/will find strange and bizarre traditions and customs that would raise an eyebrow or two. hahaha yeah
Here are some i know but do correct them if it is wrong
Bananas With Christmas [India]
- Only about 2.3% of the population are Christians, but because of the large population they have, we are talking about 25 million people here! Christians here celebrate Christmas with midnight mass and gift-giving like the rest of the world, but with the absence of fir trees or pine trees to decorate, they usually made do with banana trees and mango trees instead.
Get Hitched and toss the Shoe [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. :-/
Kentucky Fried Christmas [Japan]
- I am not kidding. just like how Christmas turkey is a must on Christmas, for the Japanese it’s the Colonel’s Chicken. It was KFC marketing four decades ago, KFC has been associated with Christmas in the minds of the Japanese for generations from parent to child. More than 240,000 barrels of chicken will be sold during Christmas, five to ten times its normal monthly sales. “In Japan, Christmas equals KFC.”
Facing your Christmas demons [Austria]
- In Austria, St Nicholas has an evil counterpart called Krampus. He is the bad cop to St Nick’s good cop, a demon-like creature with one task: to punish bad children before Christmas. Men dressed in devil costumes roam the streets, carrying chains and a basket for abducting especially bad children and hauling them to hell. It’s one way to keep the kids off the streets. >:)
Last for those who write to Santa :))
Santa’s own Postal Code [H0H 0H0] Yes Santa Does
- 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.
So what are Strange Christmas Customs you know?