8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs

Submitted by: SaintPatty 8 years ago in
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And you thought Kwanzaa was different.
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Male 2,553
awesome
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Female 231
Krampus. lol, awesome.
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Male 260
The "Zwarte Piet" thing from halland is compleetly wrong. 1. Its a compleetly diffrent holiday. 2. We have christmas and santa here too. 3. The holiday is calld Sinterklaas, NOT "zwarte piet". Wonred where he got his info from. He would have known if he lookd at wikipedia a min, the moron.
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Female 1,142
Poor delusional Japanese.
I think I`d be a whole lot happier if I got to eat fried chicken on Christmas.

On a different note, the whole beating candy out of the log thing sounds marvelous.
I want a weird holiday tradition. :(

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Male 544
What the heck? My family has been doing the Pickle thing since I was born! I didn`t know it was mainstream.
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Female 204
haha my mother is from spain so we do the caganar thing. It cracks me up to see my friend`s faces when they come over and find it in our nativity model
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Female 282
aha, the netherland picture.

Man, i`m starting to feel homesick, i don`t know why but i remember one of those black guys giving me a cookie on christmas.

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Female 189
Well you don`t have to be black to celebrate Kwanzaa and I do remember being taught the words and their meanings used during the libabtion ceremony, but yea I know no one who celebrates it either
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Male 301
ahahah, my mother is of german descent and we do the pickle thing
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Female 1,545
I`m surprised at the amount of "anti-Santas" there are. I was expecting to see Knecht Ruprecht, who is the German anti-Santa. He comes with St. Nick, and if you`ve been bad instead of good, Knecht Ruprecht snatches you up, and puts you in his burlap sack full of other naughty children, and steals you away.

And WHY am I not surprised about the Japan KFC tradition?

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Female 328
My family did the pickle ornament one year. My father neglected to remember my keen sense of deduction, and I found it immediately in our 10-ft. tree. Good luck my ass, the whole next year was the stuff therapy is made of. Happy Christmas, indeed.
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Male 1,598
Who celebrates Kwanzaa, anyway? None of my black friends even know what it`s about.

But yeah, I really want to celebrate an authentic Catalonian Christmas this year. Poop log and pooping guy at the Nativity! Awesome!

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Male 2,510
so...in short for parts of the world christmas = beating things with a stick.
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Male 460
haha kfc christmas party in japan alright!
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Female 129
never heard of mari lwyd, and I live in Wales...
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Male 2,245
"And you thought Kwanzaa was different."

actually, i thought kwanzaa was a bullsh*t celebration made up by some idiot in the sixties in order to have a day during the holiday season that basically says, "you know, we used to live in africa."

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Female 609
that first picture is scaaary. if i was a little kid, i would be TERRIFIED!
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Female 5,139
That was very interesting, though i still don`t understand why you would need a guy having a turd tucked away in the nativity scene....
wow
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Male 353
Too much reading.
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Male 2,703
mani-jac....my family DOES celebrate on the 6th of january, but we don`t call it the mexican/spanish name. if you know your religious history, that is the day the 3 kings came and gave Jesus his presents. hence, they come and give 1 gift a person in the middle of the night (much like santa).

btw, Reyes Mago de Oriente translates to (3) wise kings from orient.


if you were to celebrate any religious aspect of the holiday, you would need to follow the spanish/mexican as they are much more religious, even if the religion is Roman Catholic.

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Male 1,365
Krampus day sounds like fun.
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Female 262
Hmm...Actually, Sinterklaas is where Santa Claus originates from...When the frist Dutch settlers went to america, they took the Sinterklaas custom with them!
And also, like it fairly says in the article, although Zwarte Piet may seem like a totally racist symbol, he is not regarded as such, in the Netherlands...a study has shown that hardly any children will call coloured people, Zwarte Piet, so they don`t make the link!
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Female 31
i have a pickel ornament =D
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Male 818
Ive heard of krampus and that one with the people riding on a float because I had to do some christmas research and that was like a week ago. And I am proud to say I have the pickle ornament
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Male 1,086
let`s sing to the poop log! "Ooh, there once was a poop log...who pooped an oreo"
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Female 217
They left out the burning goat in Sweden.
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Male 2,582
I have never heard of any of this crap.
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Male 400
Anti-santa ownz. I want to hit people with sticks.
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Male 12,138
vv "WTF @ the first, 3rd, 4th, and 5th"

F1RST POST! HE SAID FIRST! QUICK, PASS ME THE BANHAMMER!!!

Oh, right. Sorry. As you were.

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Female 1,516
Yep, we have the pickle tradition too.
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Male 976
My family has the pickle tradition every year. Yay for German heritage!
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Female 340
Blessed Yule, everyone!
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Male 9,306
See, all the good holidays are stolen from the Pagans.

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE! :D

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Male 1,468
Krampus... Waking up with a Krampus clinging to my ceiling would scare the drat out of me.
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Male 544
umm mine beats them all every Christmas i dress up as Santa and scream RUN ITS THE EASTER BUNNY!
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Male 2,703
the first made sense, for every good there is an evil: Jesus-Satin, Santa-Krampus, Jobs-Gates (take your pick).

the funny one has to be the pooping manger scene occupant. I`m tempted to get one for my mom`s manger scene just so I have something to laugh at about the scene without being sacreligious in font of my religious family, me being atheist/agnostic.

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Female 4,376
A poop log....


ok then.

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Male 907
Uhh.... WTF @ the first, 3rd, 4th, and 5th...
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Male 970
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