It’s not all baubles and Brussel sprouts, here is our round up of 5 Christmas traditions from around the world.
1. KFC in Japan
Following a highly successful marketing campaign in the 1970’s, a trip to KFC is now a Christmas tradition in Japan. During the festive season it is hard to find a whole chicken or turkey elsewhere and KFC has even recommended people pre order their food for Christmas because of the ever increasing popularity!
- 2. This Is As Random As It Gets….
- Tio de Nadal also known simply as Tio or Tronca (Log) is a character in Catalan Mythology relating to a Christmas tradition widespread in Catalonia. This tradition involves creating a character out of a small log with details normally including a smiling face and a hat. Families must feed the log with a selection of nuts, dried fruit and water before hitting it with a stick on Christmas eve. We are just as stunned as you!
- 3. The Legend Of The Christmas Spider
This tradition can be seen throughout Ukraine where decorations tend to have a spider theme. Finding a spiders web on your Christmas tree is considered to bring you good luck in Ukraine. Christmas trees are often decorated with artificial spider webs, could this be where the idea of tinsel was first formed?
4. A Little Closer To Home
It has become an annual tradition in Britain to dive into the serpentine on Hyde Park and other places across the country such as Brighton beach on Christmas day. It also happens in nearby Ireland and France where brave individuals decide to brace the freezing cold waters for a bit of festive fun.
5. Santa Can Really Reply To You?
If you fancy hearing from Santa feel free to write a letter to Canada with the postcode HOH OHO to get a reply from the man himself with the help of his postal elves.