Strange Christmas Traditions

Some of this information has already been mentioned in my previous blog 50 Facts – Christmas.

Christmas traditions differ depending on where you live. In this blog, I will be talking about what Christmas is like around the world.

Caganer (Spanish)


Caganer is part of nativity scenes in Spanish tradition. He appears in many nativity scenes, behind the animals, while wearing old fashioned Spanish clothing. He is seen doing ‘number 2’, and his name roughly translates to ‘pooper’. It is not commonly known where this character originated. Some people speculate that Caganer was added to make the scene more realistic, as someone must have needed to do their business during their time in Jesus’ manger.

Japan’s KFC (Japanese)

Although only 1% of Japanese people celebrate Christmas, everyone loves to order from KFC (A famous fast food restaurant that serves fried chicken. KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken.) A famous KFC ad campaign is what started the Christmas tradition. Now in Japan, you have to order your ‘Christmas KFC’ two months before Christmas to even get a chance at eating it. If you didn’t order your food in advance, you can wait in a line that can take up to 15 hours!

Will The Goat Survive, or Will it be Burned? (Sweden)


In  Sweden, a town called Gävle spends their Christmas building, and sometimes destroying, this large straw goat. On December 1st, 1967, the giant straw goat was built. After only a few weeks, the goat was burned. Every year, the goat is rebuilt, and every year vandals attempt to burn it down. People have gone as far as to start betting on the goats survival. The vandals use new strategies to burn the goat each year, as the townsfolk attempt to stop them. In 2010, a guard was bribed with $7,000! Then, a helicopter took the goat to Stolkholm, where they planned to burn it. The goat was then stolen from the vandals, and returned to the town.

Last year in 2014, the town had roads closed so that traffic would flood onto the road were the goat was in sight. That way, the townsfolk could watch to make sure the goat wasn’t burnt. Guards were also brought in to help.

Many people outside of Gävle have been keeping watch over the goat, using his website which is available in multiple languages. You can also follow him on Twitter or Instagram!

Here is a video of the goat burning that was captured on film:




I hope you enjoyed reading. Do you think the goat will survive 2015? Write a comment, and make sure to like! Thanks for reading!


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