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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