10 Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions From Around the World

Some of these holiday celebrations can get a little crazy…
Yule Cat


Unless you get a new sweater for Christmas, the Yule Cat is going to eat ya!

In America at Christmastime, we leave milk and cookies out for Santa Claus, decorate a tree with a star on top, hang stockings by the fireplace, and eat a roast for dinner. Though these are the holiday traditions that are near and dear to us in this country, other Christmastime foods, superstitions, and activities vary greatly around the world.

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Christmas traditions in other countries can range from the enchanting to the bizarre to the horrifying — at least when seen through an American lens. For every lovely story about a Christmas spider who spins a web of gold and brings good luck, there’s a pooping figure in a nativity scene or a Yule Cat who prowls the country, waiting to attack people who fail to get a new wool sweater before Christmas Eve. And though we have an image of what a traditional holiday meal should look like, in Japan there is nothing more festive on Christmas Day than diving into a big bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Check out all 10 of these annual activities. Maybe you’ll find something to incorporate into your own holiday, though we’re not so sure…