- Knocking Nights in Germany
- Burning of the Goat - A Swedish Christmas Custom
- Hide The Broom - A Funny Norwegian Tradition
- Food Throwing - A Christmas Custom from Slovakia
- Caga Tio - A Christmas Tradition from Spain
- Christmas Traditions from Mexico
- Top Ten Funny Christmas Trivia
- Christmas Trivia from Around the World
- 1 Burning of the Goat - A Very Funny Swedish Christmas Custom
- 2 Hide The Broom - A Funny Norwegian Tradition
- 3 Knocking Nights in Germany
- 4 Unusual Romance Japanese Style
- 5 Food Throwing - A Strange Christmas Custom from Slovakia and Ukraine
- 6 Father Christmas Children's Tradition in Canada
- 7 Caga Tio - A Funny and Unique Christmas Tradition from Spain
- 8 Roller-skating to Mass - Strange Happenings in Venezuela
- 9 Christmas Traditions from Mexico
- 10 The Three Kings Day in Mexico
- 11 Throw The Shoe - an Unusual Tradition in the Czech Republic
- 12 Ten Funny Christmas Traditions
- 13 More Christmas Tradition from Around the World
- 14 Chrismukkah - An Funny Alternative View At Christmastide
Germany used to hold "knocking Nights" [Klöpfelnachte] on the three Thursdays before Christmas. Traditionally children used to dress in masks, bang lids and clang cowbells as they walked through their neighbourhood knocking on doors, reciting a poem and receiving a treat in return. Sounds a little like trick or treat to Will and Guy. The bottom right mask looks like Boris Becker, but who are the other faces?
Unusual Romance Japanese StyleIn Japan Christmas is widely celebrated as a day for romance, a day for sweet-hearts much like Valentine's Day in other countries. Christmas cake is popular but it is a strawberry cream sponge with no traditional ingredients in sight. The main Christmas dish is a popular fast food fried chicken as that is how a traditional Christmas meal is depicted in local advertising. Women of 25 years and older who are single are jokingly referred to as "unsold Christmas cake". Not very friendly think Will and Guy. Note: Sending red Christmas cards to anyone in Japan constitutes bad etiquette, since funeral notices there are customarily printed in red.
Father Christmas Children's Tradition in CanadaIn Canada Father Christmas has his own personal zip code [postcode]; it is the alphanumeric number: H0H 0H0. (Ho-Ho-Ho) In this way people who write to Santa know that their letter will arrive safely. It has been his personal code since 1982 and Will and Guy have learned that this address receives some 1 million letters from all over the world each year. Apparently, each letter received will be answered in the same language in which it is written, which, on its own must be a mammoth task. Apparently, when it comes to gather around the tree this holiday season, most Canadians prefer to give (87%) gifts than to receive them (13%), according to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of World Vision Canada. While six in ten (58%) say the recent changes in the economy have caused them to re-evaluate this year's Christmas spending or traditions, the majority of Canadians continue to hold charitable gifts in high regard.
Roller-skating to Mass - Strange Happenings in VenezuelaIn Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the tradition on Christmas Eve morning the roads of the city are closed to cars, so people can roller skate to Mass. Furthermore we have learned that instead of Christmas carols people just beat their drums at midnight shouting 'Jesus is born' and like many Latin-American countries they let off firecrackers [fireworks] to light-up the sky. Christmas doesn't get an awful lot stranger than that.
Night of the Radishes - A Unique Festival from Mexico Mexico has a famous Christmas Radish festival which is one of the most unique and spectacular festivals in the world. Huge radishes are grown but not to be eaten as they are pumped up with all kinds of things to make them grow huge. On the 23rd of December they hold "The Night of the Radishes" where competitions are held for nativity scenes sculptured and carved from giant radishes. Even children take knife to radish with painstaking concentration during competitions wanting to be the prized and honoured Christmas radish winner.
The Three Kings Day in MexicoIt's a Christmas in Mexico for children to write a letter to the Three Wise Men before the 6th January asking for the gifts they hope to receive. Just as American and British children might send letters to Santa asking for presents, children in Mexico write similar letters that also include explanations of how they've been good and deserve gifts. These letters are then tied to a balloon and lit so that they burn as they float away. The smoke send offs the requests. You also can place the letters in a shoe, which is left under the nativity or Christmas tree. .
Throw The Shoe - an Unusual Tradition in the Czech Republic
Talking of shoes, in the Czech Republic single women perform a very unusual ritual on Christmas Eve Day, to find out if they will marry in the following year. With their backs to the house door, they throw one of their shoes over their shoulder. If the shoe lands with the heel towards the door, she will definitely stay single for another year, while if the front of the shoe points towards the door, it means she will move out of her parents' house, and she should start making wedding preparations.
Ten Funny Christmas Traditions
- "Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill" - to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbours on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.
- A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
- According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners.
- During the ancient 12-day Christmas celebration, the log burned was called the "Yule log". Sometimes a piece of the Yule log would be kept to kindle the fire the following winter, to ensure that the good luck carried on from year to year. The Yule log custom was handed down from the Druids.
- During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.
- After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original.
- Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.
- Charles Dickens' initial choice for Scrooge's statement "Bah Humbug" was "Bah Christmas."
- Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.
- In Britain, the Holy Days and Fasting Days Act of 1551, which has not yet been repealed, states that every citizen must attend a Christian church service on Christmas Day, and must not use any kind of vehicle to get to the service.