Christmas events that you might not know

  • In Italy, instead of Santa Claus, a good witch called La Befana delivers presents to the children using a broomstick.
  • People in India often decorate mango trees in Christmas, since the original Christmas trees are not common.
  • The roads in Venezuela are closed for cars in Christmas, so people can go to the church by roller-skating.
  • Polish people consider spiders as the symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas. Thus, they often use spiders and spider webs to decorate the Christmas trees.
  • In Syria, Christmas gifts are delivered by one of the Wise Men’s camel, who is the smallest one in the Wise Men’s caravan.
  • Children in Brazil get their presents in their shoes instead of stockings.
  • Eating KFC in Christmas is a tradition for many Japanese people.
  • If a girl in Czech Republic put a cherry twig in water on December 4th and it blossoms before the Christmas Eve, the girl will get married in the following year.
  • There are 13 Santa in Iceland called the Yule lads.
  • Families in Finland usually visit the graves of their ancestors and relatives on Christmas Eve to light candles in memory of the deceased.
  • On Christmas Eve, the adults in a family in Germany will hide a pickle in the Christmas tree. The first child to discover it the morning after will get a small gift.
  • In Norway, all brooms are hidden in Christmas Eve so that witches and evil spirits cannot steal them away.

 

References: 

http://www.parentdish.co.uk/fun-and-activities/christmas-traditions-in-different-countries/#!slide=aol_1006892

http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/fun-interesting-christmas-facts-for-kids/

http://www.funology.com/facts-about-christmas/

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/12/christmas-traditions-from-around-the-world-infographic/

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/12/24/35-weirdest-christmas-traditions-around-world/

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/strange-christmas-customs/

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