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Unknown Christmas Traditions Around the World
The word Christmas comes from the Old English Cristes maesse for “Christ’s Mass”, which refers to the Catholic tradition of holding a special mass ceremony to celebrate Jesus. Every year, Christmas is celebrated on 25th December and people around the world seem merrier.
When it comes to Christmas traditions around the world, we all do it differently. Here is a list of unknown weird traditions around the world
Pickles in the Tree – Germany
The Christmas tree tradition around the world today is believed to have started in Germany in the 16th century, so it’s no surprise that our continental cousins still have some unique customs related to the festive conifer. One of these is to hide the pickle somewhere in the twigs of a tree and gift it to any child found in the house. Some people claim that the origin of this tradition is not german. One legend says that Christmas pickles originated in Spain, when two young boys were held prisoner inside pickle barrels. The popular Saint Nicholas rescued the boys and saved their lives. Either way, pickles on the Christmas tree is a tradition to watch.
Christmas Spider – Ukraine
Mythology says that a poor widow and her children saw a pine tree growing and turning into a Christmas tree outside their house – but they could not afford to decorate it. The children fell asleep sadly, and the widow hung fruit and nuts on the tree that night, in the hope that it would make them smile on Christmas Day. The spiders in the hut next door noticed all this and the next morning began to work all night weaving silky silver and gold webs around the tree to find the family. Of course, they were all dazzled and delighted! This is why Ukrainian families celebrate by decorating their tree with spiderwebs – they are believed to bring good luck.
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Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines
The Giant Lantern Festival is held every year before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando – the “Christmas capital of the Philippines.” The festival attracts visitors from all over the country and around the world. Eleven barangays (villages) participate in the festival and the competition is fierce as everyone tries to make the most elaborate lantern. Originally, lanterns were simple creations about half a meter in diameter, made from ‘papel de hapon’ (Japanese origami paper) and lit by candle. Today, lanterns are made from a variety of materials and have grown to about six meters in size. They are illuminated by electric bulbs that glow in a kaleidoscope of patterns.
Flying Witches, Norway
According to Norwegian ancients, Christmas Eve is the day when mischievous spirits and witches wander in the skies to do mischief and foolery. Since witches often use brooms as their preferred means of transportation, it is customary for Norwegian families to hide any wide sticks where the witches will not be able to find them. Isn’t it weird?
Locals swap Santa for St. Nicholas, Germany
You may know him as Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but this cheerful red man first originated from St. Nicholas in Germany. Apparently, he was a real-life priest born in early 6000 AD and is now a well-known figure throughout parts of Europe. In Germany, it is about St. Nicholas Day and the night of December 5. On this festive night, children clean and polish their shoes and leave them outside their doors before going to bed. In the morning, their shoes are magically filled with nuts, sweets and the gifts of St. Nick. If you visit Germany during the Christmas period you can also meet St. Nicholas in shopping centers and Christmas markets.
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These traditions are ones you have never heard of. It’s not clear where the tradition actually comes from, but we can live with it — as long as we get that extra Christmas gift.
Share these stories with your family and friends and if you have your own way of celebrating the festival go ahead afterall it is all about bring together and have fun and give some christmas gift. This Christmas, send your loved ones your best wishes and abundant love and make the occasion a memorable one for them with christmas gift. Merry Christmas!