The Weirdest Christmas Traditions Around The World


The Weirdest Christmas Traditions Around The World


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Here are some the weirdest Christmas traditions from around the world. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich discuss weird Christmas traditions. Do you have any weird Christmas traditions, tell us about it in the comment section below.

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  1. St. Nikolaus is not Santa Claus though 🙂 He's an actual historical figure and comes on the 6th of december and brings little presents. In Germany we also have "Knecht Ruprecht" and not Krampus, he's still the "bad guy" though.

  2. Do you celebrate St Lucia in the US?
    It's not really connected to Christmas but you associate them with each other since they're so close together with the St Lucia celebration taking place on December 13th.
    That's a Swedish tradition… based on an Italian saint…
    Another tradition is that we watch a Donald Duck show on Christmas Eve, which is an American show…

    …we don't make much of our own here in Sweden, so we take stuff from other countries and make them our traditions…😅

  3. When I was little, my parents dropped the ball on telling me who Santa was… so for the longest time I thought he was just some fat guy that looooved drinking coca cola.

    I saw them hiding the presents one night, too, so I was like, "He doesn't give me presents! You guys are silly."

    P.S. John, you also mispronounce your last name. It's not pronounced the way you pronounce it (which is a pretty common problem with Italian last names).

  4. the goal of the mari is to gain entry to the home after the song/riddle to ask (demand) food & drink. if the household alloud the mari access, good fortune will follow the family. also it's shows that there accepted into the community.

  5. I'm from the Netherlands and the zwarte piet thing is actually kind of complicated. It belongs to Sinterklaas which is celebrated earlier in December and even starts in November, but it celebrates the same saint. Also at this point there are and there have been a lot of discussions about whether the zwarte pieten or black pete's should stay black or should be changed of colour because it might imply racism. It's really fun to see that Sinterklaas is also known by non dutchies though 🙂

  6. I live in Valencia wich is catalan-ish, and they are WAY wied with theit traditions. I Know about the Caganer (Pooping man in the nativity AKA Belén) but never heard of the long one lol

  7. Mummering. Like wassailing but disguised in random clothing, and household furnishings. Also, including rather terrifying hobby horses, songs about killing wrens, and ugly sticks.

  8. this is avery interest topics educational how there culture have there on form of Christmas applicably to Avery by ho are watch think tank to day time of session have great day peace 💘 Brett And John

  9. I guess that shows why they were "The Magi" since they knew how to follow a star to find their way and that "Italian Witch" couldn't so she had to ask people and got lost.

  10. I'm from catalonia and here's a brief explanation of the "Tió de Nadal" tradition. Few people know this (even in catalaonia) a "Tió" was the main log you put in a fireplace to keep the head and maintain the fire burning all winter. So the "Tió de Nadal" is a representation of the heat and light of summer during the winter dark nights, so in the longest night of the year it gives present to warm the hearts of people. Why do we beat it with stick? No idea at all, probably we like the sound of it.
    There's also a traditional dances that involves dancing with a certain choreography that involves something like a baton fight were we cross wood batons and usually involves groups of people dancing in coordination, this is called "ball de bastons" (look it up on youtube). Catalonia has interesting traditions like this and "castellers" (also look it up) mostly cause is a region which was very rural until the last century and we like to mix traditions with modern times.

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