Caganer-Spain

Caganer figurines are placed within nativity scenes. These little guys are small figurines that depict a squatting person, who is, well, defecating.

In more recent times it has become popular to purchase a Caganer that depicts a celebrity or political figure.
In more recent times it has become popular to purchase a Caganer that depicts a celebrity or political figure.

Shoe Toss-Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic it is a Chrismas day tradition for single women to stand on the porch of their homes and toss their shoes back towards the door.

If it lands straight, then start picking out wedding dresses.

If it lands flat, well, we have something for that too.
Shoe Toss-Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic it is a Chrismas day tradition for single women to stand on the porch of their homes and toss their shoes back towards the door.

If it lands straight, then start picking out wedding dresses.

If it lands flat, well, we have something for that too.

La Befana-Italy

For a long time there was a decree from the vatican banning the depiction of Santa Clause. In his place Italians came up with a Le Befana, who appears like a witch. She was invited to see baby Jesus but declined. In her regret she brings gifts to children every year, hoping to see Jesus.
La Befana-Italy

For a long time there was a decree from the vatican banning the depiction of Santa Clause. In his place Italians came up with a Le Befana, who appears like a witch. She was invited to see baby Jesus but declined. In her regret she brings gifts to children every year, hoping to see Jesus.

Broom Hiding-Norway

Speaking of brooms, Norwegian women hide their brooms on Christmas Eve. This is so the witches don't find them when they come looking for brooms on Christmas Eve. 

Witches have traditions too you know.
Broom Hiding-Norway

Speaking of brooms, Norwegian women hide their brooms on Christmas Eve. This is so the witches don't find them when they come looking for brooms on Christmas Eve.

Witches have traditions too you know.

Banana Trees-India

While the Christian population in India is a minority, the 25 million or so Christians that are there still need trees at Christmas time. So the Banana tree has taken the spot of the traditional pine.
Banana Trees-India

While the Christian population in India is a minority, the 25 million or so Christians that are there still need trees at Christmas time. So the Banana tree has taken the spot of the traditional pine.

Kentucky Fried Christmas-Japan

In 1974 KFC ran an immensely popular campaign aimed at associating fried chicken with Christmas in Japan.
Kentucky Fried Christmas-Japan

In 1974 KFC ran an immensely popular campaign aimed at associating fried chicken with Christmas in Japan.

The story goes that some early KFC customers were unsatisfied by Christmas turkey options in Japan, but found the fried chicken to be  suitable replacement.
The story goes that some early KFC customers were unsatisfied by Christmas turkey options in Japan, but found the fried chicken to be suitable replacement.

Krampus-Germany

Good children are visited by Santa, and bad children get coal.

Not in Germany. Where the demon Krampus comes for the bad children and whips them with chains.
Krampus-Germany

Good children are visited by Santa, and bad children get coal.

Not in Germany. Where the demon Krampus comes for the bad children and whips them with chains.

If you are only sort of bad he may choose to beat you with something lighter, like a switch. 

So be sort of good german kids!
If you are only sort of bad he may choose to beat you with something lighter, like a switch.

So be sort of good german kids!

Skates and Strings-Venezuela

In Venezuela children will go to sleep on Christmas Eve with strings tied to their big toes. Come Christmas morning, the streets are closed and parishioners heading to early morning mass will skate by and pull on the strings of anyone still asleep.
Skates and Strings-Venezuela

In Venezuela children will go to sleep on Christmas Eve with strings tied to their big toes. Come Christmas morning, the streets are closed and parishioners heading to early morning mass will skate by and pull on the strings of anyone still asleep.

Sleeping on the Floor-Finland

Most in Finland will spend Christmas Eve asleep on the ground to allow the dead a nights sleep in a comfortable bed.
Sleeping on the Floor-Finland

Most in Finland will spend Christmas Eve asleep on the ground to allow the dead a nights sleep in a comfortable bed.

Spiders-Ukraine

Spiderwebs are a most popular Christmas decoration in Ukraine. And count your blessings if you actually find a spider, its considered very good luck.
Spiders-Ukraine

Spiderwebs are a most popular Christmas decoration in Ukraine. And count your blessings if you actually find a spider, its considered very good luck.

Tió de Nadal-Spain 

In Spain they decorate and then beat logs with sticks. 

The idea being to beat presents out of it.
Tió de Nadal-Spain

In Spain they decorate and then beat logs with sticks.

The idea being to beat presents out of it.

Merry christmas wooden piñata!
Merry christmas wooden piñata!