Winter Christmas is coming! Entertain yourself with some really strange and sometimes creepy European traditions to celebrate the most long-awaited holiday of the year!
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La Befana – Good or Evil?
La Befana a good after-Christmas witch goes around the houses enters through the chimney and gives presents and treats and snacks to the kids.
Despite we all think that witches are bad and evil, this Christmas servant comes to your house only to bring festive spirit and happiness.
Finns are used to go to the cemetery and light a bunch of candles on Christmas Eve. The marvelous atmosphere appears in Helsinki and all around Finland.
It’s generally a parade with a horse’s skull fastened to the wooden stick with a white blanket on it.
Now, this tradition lives only among some folklore groups.
Christmas Day Dip
A bunch of people gather together and run into the sea! The most important that they should wear something connected with Christmas: red hat, elf or Santa costume, masks.
Christmas log is a worldwide tradition that symbolizes the wood for the fire to keep people warms through cold weather.
In Spain, they have their own log tradition. “Tió de Nadal” (Catalan for “Christmas log”), so-called “pooping log” is decorated with red blanket, eyes and mouth and is placed in the house.
During the festive week, kids feed it with tasty treats and, on Christmas Eve, the log “poops out” all the delicious candies and chocolate bars”. The Log Lady would be happy to know about it.
The word “Caganer” actually means “the shitter”. Usually, it’s a peasant in Catalan red cap with his trousers down, showing a bare you know what…wait….defecating.
The tradition symbolizes “fertilizing the earth.”
Some kind of Halloween spirit gets into Christmas in Austria. Probably one of the creepiest creatures, Krampus is St. Nickolas partner and is the one who deals with punishment (gives coal and branches instead of gifts).
In the Scandinavian mythology, Thor rides the sky with a lot of goats pulling him through the clouds. That is why Sweden has its own Christmas symbol – the Yule straw goat.
It is often burned down on Christmas Eve. Traditional is also the Yule goat ornament.
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