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Updated by Daryl Austman on Nov 20, 2016
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Weirdest Christmas Traditions

I LOVE Christmas but there are some CRAZY Christmas Traditions and holiday customs in different countries.
Here are some of my favorite Crazy Christmas Customs from around the world

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In Caracas Venezuela Locals Roller Skate For Christmas Season Mass Services

In Caracas Venezuela Locals Roller Skate For Christmas Season Mass Services

Caracas Roman Catholics have a strange tradition of rollerskating to early Mass during the week of Dec 16-25.

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Canadian Children Send Letters to The North Pole Postal Code HOHOHO and they are read and replied to

Canadian Children Send Letters to The North Pole Postal Code HOHOHO and they are read and replied to

Canadian kids send thousands of letters to Santa at the North Pole in Canada's arctic. The letters are all read and replied to by... Santa??
photo courtesy of CanadaPost.ca

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In Dublin Ireland Participants Jump Into The Forty-Foot Seawater Pool in Sandycove on Christmas Day For A Frosty Swim

In Dublin Ireland Participants Jump Into The Forty-Foot Seawater Pool in Sandycove on Christmas Day For A Frosty Swim

Participants dress up with Christmas hats/beards and jump into the freezing cold North Sea to celebrate Christmas!
image courtesy of thejournal.ie

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Norwegians Hide Brooms, Mops, Brushes On Christmas Eve So Evil Spirits Can't "Fly"

Norwegians Hide Brooms, Mops, Brushes On Christmas Eve So Evil Spirits Can't "Fly"

The tradition is that nasty witches and evil doers can't get around and do nasty things if they can't find transportation so Norwegians hide their brooms, mops, brushes and such.

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Japanese Celebrate Christmas Dinner with Sushi... and KFC

Japanese Celebrate Christmas Dinner with Sushi... and KFC

Japanese Christmas Holiday families line up in long lines to get their favorite Christmas Dinner entree Kentucky Fried Chicken!
photo courtesy - jpninfo.com/

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In Italy La Befana Flies On A Broom, Uses Chimneys To Enter Homes and Leaves Presents

In Italy La Befana Flies On A Broom, Uses Chimneys To Enter Homes and Leaves Presents

Italian Children Believe In A Female Version Of Santa Called La Befana who resembles a dirty, soot covered old lady leaves candy and gifts for children.

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Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet Hand Out Candy and Gifts On Dec 5th In The Netherlands

Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet Hand Out Candy and Gifts On Dec 5th In The Netherlands

The Netherlands Has Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet Who Wearing Blackface Makeup and Renaissance Costume Helps Distribute Candy and Gifts On Dec 5th
photo courtesy of - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sinterklaas_zwarte_piet.jpg

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Krampus The German Devil of Christmas

Krampus The German Devil of Christmas

Krampus, The German Anti-Santa Claus Comes The Night Before December 6, known Krampus Night. The Next Morning German Children Check The Shoe or Boot They'd Left Has Either Presents Or A Rod.
image courtesy of - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Krampus

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Caganer in Their Nativity Scenes

Caganer in Their Nativity Scenes

In Parts Of Spain, Portugal & Southern France Catalans Place A Defecating Man (Caganer) In Amongst The Nativity Scenes In Order To Bring Good Fortune, Harvests and Fertility.
By Jordiferrer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30413060

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Iceland's Jólakötturinn, the Christmas Cat

Iceland's Jólakötturinn, the Christmas Cat

The Yule Cat (Jolakutturinn or Jolakottur) is a huge and monstrous cat that skulks around the snowy Icelandic countryside during Christmas holidays and will devour people who have not received new clothes during Christmas eve or if you have been mischievous.

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London's Santa Skate

London's Santa Skate

Rollerskaters dressed as Santa Claus skate along the streets in London. Some 400-500 roller skaters from Britain and neighboring countries participated in the annual event was originally launched in 2004.
info & photo courtesy of http://londonsantaskate.com