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■ The peo­ple of Ice­land ex­change books on Christ­mas Eve and spend the rest of the night read­ing in a tra­di­tion known as The Christ­mas Book Flood.

■ The Bo­li­vians bring roost­ers to mid­night mass as a sym­bol of the be­lief that a rooster was the first an­i­mal to an­nounce the birth of baby Je­sus.

■ On De­cem­ber 23, Mex­i­cans carve na­tiv­ity scenes into large radishes which are then dis­played at the Christ­mas mar­ket in the city of Oax­aca.

■ In Cara­cas, the cap­i­tal of Venezuela, rev­ellers travel to early morn­ing church ser­vices dur­ing Christ­mas on roller skates

■ Nor­we­gians hide all the brooms in the house on Christ­mas Eve to stop witches from steal­ing them for a mid­night ride.

■ In Rus­sia, Christ­mas is cel­e­brated on Jan­uary 7 when Babouschka, mean­ing old woman or grand­mother, brings gifts to chil­dren. Babouschka is based on the bib­li­cal story of the woman who didn’t give a gift to baby Je­sus and so to re­pent, she now gives gifts to chil­dren at Christ­mas.

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