Growing up in Australia meant that Christmas was in the summer. In fact the smell of Eucalyptus mixed with the humidity of the summer storms, is enough to remind me of all those festive times spent in Sunny Brisbane. Now that I live in the UK though, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning. It’s cold, the days are short, and the Christmas jumpers come out in full force. In this article I wanted to explore some of the more random Christmas traditions from around the world that we have heard about.
1. Australian Christmases are hot
Right, starting with the Christmases that I grew up with. Christmas in Australia is hot, humid, and usually really sunny. Instead of having a full on Christmas roast most people have BBQ’s or cold meat lunches on Christmas Day. And don’t forget the seafood. This is such a big part of Christmas in Australia. After Christmas lunch the kids usually spend the rest of the day in the pool or at the beach, or just generally trying to cool down in the summer heat.
2. In Brazil you get an amazing Christmas bonus
So apparently it is not unusual in Brazil to get a “13th month’ salary before Christmas. You do have to have worked all 12 months in the year, to get the full months bonus salary, otherwise you get a proportion. I’m trying to work out how to bring this tradition to the UK!
3. KFC is feasted on in Japan
Going to KFC for your Christmas meal has become the thing to do in Japan. It’s all to do with KFC’s impressive marketing plan that started in the 70’s. With no real Christmas traditions in the country KFC filled this void, if you will, and offered a practical solution to the dilemma that is Christmas dinner. It’s such a busy day that you will be expected to wait quite a while for your ordinarily fast food.
4. You have to whack a poop log in Catalonia
Tió de Nadal is a hollow log complete with a smiley face and some legs, that children “feed” by offering sweets and nuts in the buildup to Christmas. On Christmas Eve the children then gather around to beat him with sticks and sing the traditional song, all about…well erm pooping out the presents. Eventually when the children look under the logs blanket they will find an assortment of sweets and gifts, and such is the miracle of the Tió de Nadal.
5. In Norway you have to hide your broom
A superstitious Norweigian tradition is to ensure that your brooms are hidden in your house on Christmas Eve. There is a belief that witches and other naughty spirits come out on Christmas Eve and steal people’s brooms to ride them.