Christmas is the time of celebration not only for Christians around the world but for everyone who is in a holiday mood! In that time of the year almost entire world takes a break from work because within a week the world sees New Year, which again marks a global celebration.
It is celebrated to rejoice the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, considered a supreme power in Christianity. It is celebrated on 25th of December every year, and marks for a beginning of a New Year as well. Since it is wintertime in most parts of the world, hence, it is the perfect time to gather with your family and relax. There are several Christmas traditions and customs which are differently followed in distanced communities. There are many international Christmas traditions, which are followed in the same manner, like decorating the tree, putting lights on, baking plum cake and having a family dinner. But what about odd Christmas traditions around the world? Below are some weird Christmas traditions that are followed mostly by young people including students:
- Christmas Chicken – In Japan, people are fond of chicken, and when it comes to the holiday season, they flock the popular American fast food joint KFC for their special Christmas chicken, which is only served during the vacation time. It is a tradition in Japan now, but in the 1970s, it started as a marketing campaign by KFC to popularize their brand in Japanese market. With time, the KFC name came to be known as ‘Kentucky’s Fried Christmas’.
- Lucky Numbers – Numerology has a great effect on lives of people, that is why numbers like 13 are considered unlucky in many cultures. Some weirdest holiday traditions are seen in Spain, where on 22 December every year, 22 students on campus sing out the numbers of the winners of a National Lottery. People purchase dozens of tickets each and try their luck out before Christmas time.
- Christmas Log – Instead of a tree, Spanish people have a log, on which they draw a face and decorate it for the holiday time. It symbolizes harmony and good luck, and it is also popular to ‘feed’ the log, provide it with a warm blanket, and on the eve of Christmas, it is burnt in a fireplace! It is also beaten by the members of the family to get presents out of it. This ritual is popular not only in Spain but even in some other European countries.
- Spider Webs – It may sound scary, but Ukrainian people use spider web ‘ornaments’ to decorate their trees. It is believed that once a poor woman had nothing to decorate her tree with, and the next morning she woke up, spiders had done the job for her, by creating webs that looked beautiful in the sunlight. Since then, it became a tradition in Ukraine to use decorations which look like Spider webs, and even till date, markets and malls are flooded with decorative items that resemble spider webs.
- Christmas for Students – For students, Christmas is different everywhere. In some colleges or university campus, groups of students play ‘secret Santa’ for each other and bring each other presents. This ritual helps them break the ice and make new friends, as well as gives them an opportunity to help someone. Some students have now started giving online vouchers to their pals, as a perfect holiday present. From vouchers for top 10 essay writing services to online tutorial helps in various subjects, students have gifted each other a lot of stuff, which has become a trend in the modern-day world now.
- Donald Duck Family Time – This weird tradition is followed religiously in Sweden, where around 3 pm in the noon, Donald Duck is aired on national television for the whole family to watch and celebrate the holiday together. This show is an hour long and marks the beginning of the holiday-season in Sweden.
- Icelandic Roller Skating – This ritual in Iceland is famous for being one of the coolest in the world. Here people do not walk to the Christmas mass in Church, instead, they roller skate! Streets and sidewalks are cleared that day so that people can skate to church safely and begin their vacations. This ritual is followed predominantly in Venezuela out of other cities of Iceland.
- Norwegian Broom Hiding Ritual – In Norway, people believe that a night before Christmas, the evil power is at its mightiest, and they can do anything, hence to avoid allowing witches to borrow their brooms and go on a city tour, the people hide their brooms in secure places to keep them away from the sight of anyone. This tradition is being followed in Norway since years now.