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What Are Some of Your Unique Christmas Traditions?

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CHristmas traditions from around the world.

One of the things I love about blogging is getting to “meet” people from all over the world. I also love hearing about unique Christmas traditions that are different from my own, as I love Christmastime. I’ve seen enough of the world to know that I’d be delusional to think that everyone celebrates Christmas and has the same Christmas traditions as we do here in the States. Did you know, for example, that the Japanese LOVE Kentucky Fried Chicken? Personally, I’d pass but they’re crazy about it. According to this infographic they even have it for Christmas dinner! Have you ever heard of Sinterklaas or his sidekick Black Pete? No? Neither had I. But, apparently, they’re a hit in the Netherlands. And, when Santa visits Ireland, he’d better come thirsty because there will be a pint of Guiness waiting for him (I bet parents have fun drinking for Santa).

Related: If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts stop over at my post to get your creative juices flowing.

What are some of the unusual Christmas traditions that stand out to you in this infographic? What are some of your Christmas traditions? Will you be eating KFC tomorrow?

12 Christmas Traditions From Around The World
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24 Comments

  • Grayson @ Debt Roundup says:

    Great infographic John. I like the Venezuelan tradition of roller skating to mass. I don’t have any traditions right now since our family continues to grow. We mix up how we spend the holiday every year. I hope you have a good one John!

    • John says:

      Thanks Grayson. I know, that would be pretty neat. It is fun to build those traditions as you begin to add little ones to your family. Have a good one Grayson.

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    Nice infographic. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Jason @ WSL says:

    I’m all for the Iceland tradition of leaving Guinness out for Santa! That’s brilliant!

    Merry Christmas, John!

  • Budget & the Beach says:

    I’m moving to Ireland! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • Mackenzie says:

    I love infographics like this! Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂

  • Kim@Eyesonthedollar says:

    I grew up in Kentucky and never eat the stuff. Funny! Merry Christmas.

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses says:

    One of the traditions we have is to open one gift on Christmas Eve. My mom is Quebecois so they used to always open their presents on Christmas Eve so we’re taking on a bit of that tradition.

  • Mandy @ MoneyMasterMom says:

    I’m bewildered that the Netherlands is cool with Santa Clause having a “black” helper. Seems a little racially sensitive.

  • Pauline says:

    Cool infographic! I celebrate the 6th of December St Nicholas like explained here for Germany. I spent Christmas with a Spanish family a few years in a row and they seemed to all wear red underwear, but I don’t know how spread that tradition was!

  • Edward Antrobus says:

    Our family eats potato soup for dinner on Christmas Eve. I grew up thinking it was some sort of Irish tradition. It turns out it was because it was something my parents could prepare during the day and then be able to eat a quick meal with few dishes to clean before getting reading for Christmas Eve service.

  • Ian says:

    Merry Christmas John!

    For the past 3 years, after we hang with the folks, my girl and I go to this little Italian restaurant close to our house and count down to Christmas. Good beer, great pizza, and an overall fun time.

  • Anne @ Unique Gifter says:

    It’s a more recent thing, but my family has perogies and cabbage rolls on Christmas Eve. My spouse’s family always has a lobster dinner (I get something else because lobster doesn’t like me). Then, there’s champagne and OJ in the morning, a tradition my spouse has managed to pass along to my immediate family as well.

    • Anne @ Unique Gifter says:

      Forgot: One of my profs was Japanese and said his family’s tradition was to have spaghetti and meatballs, as it was really an unusual meal when he was growing up in Japan.

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