Speaking of Christmas and other holiday traditions. Here are some interesting traditions from around the world.
- In Austria children live in fear of Krampus. It is said that Krampus is a Christmas Devil who beats naughty children with branches.
- On Christmas Eve in Norway all of the brooms are hidden away and no cleaning is allowed. They are tucked safely away lest they get stolen by witches.
- German children place a shoe outside on the porch on Dec. 5th each year which is filled with goodies during the night. Naughty children awaken to a tree branch instead of goodies.
- In the Ukraine holiday trees are decorated with spider webs and fake spiders instead of tinsel and ornaments.
- A British tradition is to have each member of the family stir the CHRISTMAS pudding in a clockwise direction and make a wish before it is served.
- In Italy children await the arrival of a friendly witch, Befana, who comes on the fifth of January instead of Santa Claus.
- In Canada the address of Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO is a recognized address and each letter is opened and replied to.
Traditions are important to our family although several of them have changed over time and as the family has grown. We’ve changed some and also created some fun new ones. I don’t know about you but I love learning about other traditions! Do you have a favorite tradition to share?
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