Weird Christmas traditions around the world

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Weird Christmas Traditions Around The World

BY: MATTHEW ALSON THORNBURY

Here in the good ol' U-S-of-A, on the evening of December 24th (for those who celebrate Christmas) a large, old man covered in red clothing enters your house by sliding down the chimney and leaves presents under a tree or in socks hung from the mantle. At least he does this for good girls and boys. And to us, this is all very normal.

But did you know that's not how Christmas is celebrated in the rest of the world? Here are some other Christmas traditions from around the world, according to LoveHomeSwap.com.

Germany

On Christmas Eve, a pickle is hidden in the Christmas tree – the first kid to find it in the morning gets a little gift.

Estonia

In Estonia, families get really close by visiting a sauna together.

Iceland

Two words: Yule Cat. This ferocious feline eats anyone who doesn't get new clothes before Christmas Eve.

Italy

Instead of St. Nick, they have Befana, the friendly witch who brings candy and toys on January 5th.

Latvia

Christmas in Latvia is more like American Halloween. A group of mummies go house to house getting a treat and giving blessings in return.

Greece

And you know the song the 12 days of Christmas? Well, the Greek version is terrifying. For the 12 days of Christmas, a race of underground, evil goblins called the Kallikantzaroi cause all kinds of mischief.

Japan

The home of Sumo wrestling and giant robots surely has something weird, right? Well, actually, no. In Japan, they send Christmas cards to friends and family, but make sure the cards are white and not red because traditionally red is saved for funeral announcements.

And there you go, some interesting ways of celebrating Christmas across the globe.

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Weird Christmas traditions around the world
First lady Michelle Obama, sitting with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, Bo Obama, second from right, and Luna Fera, 11, sits down to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama poses for photos after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama, sitting with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, Bo Obama, second from right, and Luna Fera, 11, answers questions after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama, sitting Bo Obama, center, and Luna Fera, 11, finishes reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama walks with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, and Bo Obama, right, arrives to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama, sitting with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, and Bo Obama, right, reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, and reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, points to Santa Claus as first lady Michelle Obama reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama greets children after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama quiets the audience as she answers the question on what she is going to get President Barack Obama for Christmas during a visit to the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Stephen Orzechowski, 5, sits at left, and Bo Obama is at right. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, and Santa Claus as she reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Childrenâs National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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