Christmas is a family holiday, gathering family members around the common table. Customs and traditions prevail in all countries of the world, whether they include… goblins, decorated trees, or even… witches.
Due to the climate, the Christmas meal is reminiscent of summer rastoni. So, instead of the traditional turkey, the Kenyans are having a barbecue in their garden! The Christmas decoration, in fact, reminds something of Spring as they decorate their churches with balloons, flowers and ribbons.
In a country that is practically expressing its passion for the national drink, Guinness beer, the residents leave outside the door of their house a bottle of beer and a meat pie to bite something tired Santa Claus, but also to wet his mouth. .
On Christmas Day, people visit the cemetery holding lighted candles in memory of their dead. New Year’s Eve and before the visit of Santa Claus, of course, do not fail to make a sauna, so that time finds them clean.
The Norwegians leave a bowl of porridge, the so-called “nisse” in the barn to be eaten by the goblin who protects their property, while after decorating the Christmas tree they all hold hands around it and sing three Christmas carols.
The children throw their letter to “Father Christmas” in the fireplace, so that he can climb out of the chimney and travel to the North Pole. If the letter burns immediately they must rewrite it. It is also paradoxical that in some parts of the country the “custom of the feast” is firmly established: after dark it is, the farmers go to the orchards, form groups around the older trees and while drinking beer sing carols and shoot the branches to ward off evil spirits .
The custom wants the Frozen Father to arrive in the sleigh, which is dragged by three reindeer, accompanied by a girl. The “Snowflake Girl” wears a bright blue suit with white fur and a snowflake-shaped crown.
Strega Befana, something like our Santa Claus, is a witch who flies over Italy with a broom and distributes gifts to good children and charcoal to the naughty. On New Year’s Eve in Naples, it is customary to throw away their old furniture from the balconies. That day all the pedestrians look up so that nothing comes to their head. Also, it is not customary to eat turkey, but fried eel!
Santa Claus’s sleigh is not dragged by reindeer, but by eight kangaroos!
Santa Claus does not use a sleigh, but a canoe to distribute gifts, which are usually intertwined with the climate, e.g. Wind-surf, surf boards, etc. The Hawaiian people, after traditionally eating pork, noodles and salmon soup, sing the Christmas carols in Hawaiian style with guitars and ukulele.
Although Christmas is not an official holiday in the country, as only 1% of the population is Christian, however, the Japanese now eat turkey and decorate a Christmas tree. Their gifts are brought by Hoteiosho, a deity of the Japanese pantheon, who knows which children are well, since he has eyes on the back of his head.
On Christmas night, a girl from the house is dressed in white and put on to pretend to be the Virgin Mary.
The villagers take water out of the wells at midnight on Christmas and sprinkle their animals, because they believe that this water is holy, because at the same time the Savior of the world is born.
In Sardinia it is believed that whoever is born on Christmas night and even at midnight, brings God’s blessing not only to his own, but also to the neighbors of seven houses close to his own.
On Christmas Eve, the children leave their shoes by the fireplace, to be filled with sweets and nuts by the Christmas Father (Pere Noel) who will come down from the chimney, while they sleep. Pere Noel is accompanied by another grandfather, Pere Fouettard, who lightly beats children who have been naughty over time.