Five strange Christmas tra­di­tions from around the world

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It’s no se­cret that we’re nuts for Christmas tra­di­tions, dec­o­rat­ing our house from wall to wall and im­mers­ing our­selves in cel­e­bra­tions. Here are five strange Christmas tra­di­tions from around the world, ac­cord­ing to news­

The Yule Lads, Ice­land

In the 13 days lead­ing up to Christmas, 13 tricksy troll-like char­ac­ters come out to play in Ice­land. The Yule Lads (jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar in Ice­landic) visit the chil­dren across the coun­try over the 13 nights lead­ing up to Christmas.

For each night of Yule­tide, chil­dren place their best shoes by the win­dow and a dif­fer­ent Yule Lad vis­its them and leaves good chil­dren gifts and rot­ting pota­toes for the naughty ones.

Clad in tra­di­tional Ice­landic cos­tume, these fel­las are pretty mis­chievous, and their names hint at the type of trou­ble they like to cause, such as Pot­taske­fill (Pot-scraper), Gát­taþe­fur (Door­way-snif­fer) and Ker­tas­níkir (Can­dle-stealer)

Gävle Goat, Swe­den

Since 1966, a 13-meter-tall Yule Goat has been built in the cen­ter of Gävle’s Cas­tle Square for the Ad­vent, but this Swedish Christmas tradition has un­wit­tingly led to an­other ‘tradition’ of sorts – peo­ple try­ing to burn it down. Since 1966 the Goat has been suc­cess­fully burned down 29 times – the most re­cently in 2016.

Kram­pus, Aus­tria

In Aus­trian tradition, St. Ni­cholas re­wards good boys and girls, while Kram­pus is said to cap­ture the naugh­ti­est chil­dren and whisk them away in his sack.

In the first week of De­cem­ber, young men dress up as the Kram­pus (es­pe­cially on the eve of St. Ni­cholas Day) fright­ens chil­dren with clat­ter­ing chains and bells.

Saint Ni­cholas’ Day, Ger­many

Not to be con­fused with Wei­h­nachts­mann (Fa­ther Christmas), Niko­laus trav­els by don­key in the mid­dle of the night on De­cem­ber 6 (Niko­laus Tag) and leaves lit­tle treats like coins, choco­late, or­anges and toys in the shoes of good chil­dren all over Ger­many.

St. Ni­cholas also vis­its chil­dren in schools or at home and in ex­change for sweets or a small present each child must re­cite a poem, sing a song or draw a pic­ture. In short, he’s a great guy. But it isn’t al­ways fun and games.

St. Nick of­ten brings along Knecht Ruprecht (Farm­hand Ru­pert). A devil-like char­ac­ter dressed in dark clothes cov­ered with bells and a dirty beard, Knecht Ruprecht car­ries a stick or a small whip in hand to pun­ish chil­dren who mis­be­have.

Hid­ing brooms, Nor­way

Per­haps one of the most un­ortho­dox Christmas Eve tra­di­tions can be found in Nor­way, where peo­ple hide their brooms. It’s a tradition that dates back cen­turies to when peo­ple be­lieved that witches and evil spir­its came out on Christmas Eve look­ing for brooms to ride on.

To this day, many peo­ple still hide their brooms in the safest place in the house to stop them from be­ing stolen.



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