Which country has the best traditions

The 12 best Christmas customs around the world

There is a lot to love about Christmas - the food, family and friends, and much more. What makes the Christmas season even more enchanting is the fact that countries all over the world have developed their own Christmas traditions. To celebrate and bring you closer, we have put together a list of the 12 best Christmas traditions around the world for you. Maybe there are also some Christmas traditions that you will use in the future!

1: Chicken in Japan

Christmas is often about food and in Japan it is associated with three letters: KFC. People flock to the American fast food chain KFC to - I ask for a drum roll - “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” also known as "Kentucky for Christmas!" to eat. The tradition of eating “(roast) Christmas chicken” dates back to an advertising campaign from 1974 - and up to that day KFC had the highest sales of the year on Christmas Eve.

2: Lotto in Spain

Since the late 19th century, the Spanish National Lottery has been spending the largest sum of money of the year: called "El Gordo" or "The Fat." The whole thing has become a major public event that usually takes place on December 22nd. People join dozens of lottery tickets in hopes of being one of the lucky winners. The lottery numbers are traditionally sung by 22 school children and the whole country more or less stands still and hopes for the best Christmas present of life.

3: Block of wood in Spain

If you are not a fan of Christmas trees, maybe we can interest you in a Christmas block of wood? In many parts of Spain the gifts are brought by Tió de Nadal or the Christmas tree trunk - a piece of wood that is often provided with a face and small legs. However, the log does not only bring gifts to the family. Tió de Nadal also gets something to eat at night and can then cuddle up in his own little blanket. Cute isn't it? Unfortunately, the cuteness ends here: on Christmas Eve the tree trunk is put in the fire and then the poor little guy is beaten with sticks by the family until he ... um ... poops gifts and sweets. Also, now would probably be a good time to mention that Tió de Nadal has a nickname: Caga Tió, meaning shitty tree trunk.

4: Broom & Mop in Norway

In Norway, Christmas means hiding your mops and brooms - not because people don't want to clean, but because Norwegians are a bit superstitious and want to prevent evil spirits who return to earth that night from stealing the brooms and go on a joyride in the Christmas sky.

5: Spiders in Ukraine

Believe it or not, Christmas spiders do exist. In Ukraine, Christmas trees are decorated with cobwebs - don't worry, they are just ornaments that look like cobwebs and that are supposed to bring good luck. The story goes back to a poor woman who couldn't afford ornaments to decorate her tree with. The next morning she woke up and her tree was covered with cobwebs, which glittered in the sunlight and looked beautiful. In other countries, such as Poland and Germany, it is seen as a sign of luck to find a spider web on the Christmas tree.

6: Canada's mailbox

I bet we've all written a letter to Santa Claus before - but did you also know that he has a correct address? His mailbox is in Canada and if you write to him by December 16th - in more than 30 languages, including Braille - he'll reply. Just send your letter to Santa Claus, North Pole H0H 0H0, Canada. It's free and you don't need any stamps - since Niklaus is a great guy. And the postcode of the North Pole is just as great.

7: Christmas cucumber in the US

Pickles should be your favorite Christmas decoration, as this means that you will get an extra gift: in many countries an ornament in the shape of a pickle is hidden somewhere on the Christmas tree and whoever finds it will get an extra gift or just be very lucky . It's unclear where this tradition actually comes from, but I think we can live with that - as long as we get the extra gift.

8: Poland's guiding stars

In some parts of the world, such as the Ukraine or Poland, the right time to open the presents is written in the stars: the youngest child has to watch the evening sky and wait for the first star to appear - that is the sign that one is with the Unpacking the gifts can begin. (If it's cloudy, someone just seems to decide when the time comes.)

9: Slovak Christmas pudding

Pudding - in all flavors and consistencies - is a popular Christmas dish. In Slovakia and parts of Ukraine, pudding not only warms the heart, but can also predict the future: the oldest male member of a family takes a spoonful of Loksa pudding and throws it on the ceiling. The more pudding that sticks, the more lucky you will be. As simple as that.

10: Donald Duck in Sweden

An important Swedish tradition is the “Donald Duck Special” for Christmas. This hour-long TV show runs on Christmas Eve at 3pm and the celebrations are planned around it so that families can watch the show together.

11: Christmas monsters in Iceland

Christmas, in all its solemn and venerable splendor, also seems to be the time for monsters, who remind children to be kind and to behave well for at least one month a year. One of the more surprising members of this “Christmas Police” is Jólakötturinn, the Icelandic Christmas cat. Sounds cute, but just like a certain tree trunk, this is not what it seems: Jólakötturinn eats children - to be more precise, the children who haven't done their duties and therefore didn't get new clothes for Christmas. Mew Christmas!

12: Roller skating in Venezuela

The award for the coolest means of Christmas transport goes to the Venezuelan capital Caracas: There people don't go to the Christmas mass (Christmas mass), no, they run on roller skates. Parts of the city are closed so that everyone arrives safely at the church.