Have you ever wondered how people celebrate Christmas around the world? In the UK we’re used to roast dinners and pigs in blankets, along with Christmas pudding and a load of chocolate for dessert! However, this isn’t the case around the world. In fact, one country celebrates Christmas by ordering a takeaway! Here’s a list of a few Christmas traditions from around the world that may surprise you.
Don’t like reindeers? How about a goat! In Sweden, the Yule Goat is the traditional symbol for Christmas, dating back to the ancient pagan festivals. Sweden celebrates Christmas with a HUGE – yes, 42 feet high, 23 feet wide and weighing 3.6 ton – Yule Goat, now referred to as the Gavle Goat! The goat is constructed in the same spot every year for Christmas, providing the perfect photo opportunity!
When it comes to Christmas dinner, rather than gathering around the table, families in Japan head out to their local KFC! This Japanese tradition began after a widespread marketing campaign called “Kentucky for Christmas”, proving the takeaway to be extremely popular every Christmas – so popular that it’s often sold out!
Ever wondered what Christmas would be like if it was in the summer? Well, that’s exactly how it is in New Zealand! Due to the hot temperatures during Christmas time in New Zealand, the only way to celebrate is with a delicious grill or barbeque, where friends and families get together for a meal of fresh seafood, meat and vegetables. The Christmas tree in New Zealand also proves to be very unique, the Pohutukawa tree is a symbol of Christmas in New Zealand.
You’ve probably seen some Christmas decorations that have gone all-out but have you ever seen the Christmas decorations in the Philippines? Every year during Christmas, San Fernando holds a huge lantern festival, leaving people absolutely amazed and dazzled by the beautiful bright colours of the lanterns. Each lantern consists of thousands of spinning lights, bringing light to the night sky.
Christmas can be a little spooky in Austria, with a devil-like creature called Krampus, who joins the St. Nicholas festivities on December 6. The children in Austria must list their bad and good deeds, those who have been good are often rewarded, while those who have been bad must worry about what Krampus will bring on Christmas morning. Spooky!