You know, when it comes to Christmas, there’s a world of traditions out there, and some of them are so downright weird (in the most delightful way, of course) that they make you wonder if elves had a hand in inventing them.
From the mysterious act of hiding brooms to diving headfirst into a bucket of KFC, you can’t help but admire the sheer creativity of different cultures during this time of year. It’s like a worldwide holiday mashup, and I’m totally here for it!
So, without further ado, let’s unwrap 8 unique Christmas Eve traditions from around the world (mine included).
8 Unexpected Christmas Eve Traditions
1. Sweden – Donald Duck Showtime
2. Norway – Broom-Be-Gone
In Norway, Christmas Eve is all about keeping brooms under wraps!
This quirky tradition goes way back. Legend has it that when the Christmas season rolls in, witches and spirits come out to play. These nocturnal troublemakers are said to roam the earth, and guess what they’re after? Brooms! Apparently, it’s their preferred mode of transport for mysterious midnight escapes.
So, what do Norwegians do? On Christmas Eve, they hide away and lock up tight those trusty cleaning tools.
But this isn’t just about keeping the spirits at bay. It’s also a way of saying, “Hey, Christmas, we’re ready for you!” By doing this, they’re not just protecting their homes; they’re inviting the holiday season with open arms, ready for peace, joy, and a sprinkle of good luck.
And even if modern Norwegians may not firmly believe in witches and spirits, they still keep this tradition alive as a nod to their cultural roots.
3. Japan – KFCmas
In Japan, Christmas dinner isn’t just any meal—it’s a finger-lickin’ good KFC tradition!
You might wonder how this all began. It’s a tale that starts with a brilliant marketing campaign back in the 1970s. The manager of Japan’s very first KFC in Nagoya got the idea from the Western tradition of having turkey for Christmas and suggested fried chicken as a festive alternative.
And just like that, one of those tasty Christmas Eve traditions was born! As the years went by, the “KFC for Christmas” tradition became a big part of Japanese culture. Families and friends eagerly look forward to their annual KFC Christmas feast, which means you’ll find long lines at KFC outlets on Christmas Eve.
4. United States – The Christmas pickle ornament
What are Your Christmas Eve Traditions?
Isn’t it fascinating how different cultures have these unique and sometimes weird Christmas traditions? From hiding brooms to rich German Christmas traditions, it’s a reminder of the amazing diversity in our celebrations.
Now, let’s chat about your own Christmas Eve traditions. What are the things your family does during this season? It’s those personal customs and stories that make the holidays so memorable, right? So spill the beans, I’m all ears!
And if you’re looking to add even more magic to your holiday season, don’t forget to explore the best Christmas markets in Europe.