Christmas is mostly about celebrations, gift-giving, merry-making, and church-attending. There are so many different elements that contribute to the celebration that we have come to know as Christmas: tucking into the Christmas feast of yummy pudding and turkey, hanging up socks and leaving out cookies and milk for Santa, opening presents under the Christmas trees, and having a great time with family and friends.
At least, that’s what the common notion of Christmas is to most of us. But in some parts of the world, you may find strange and bizarre traditions and customs that would raise an eyebrow or two. You might be surprised to learn what some children fear each year around the holidays or what takes the place of Santa Claus in another country’s folklore.
Here are 8 of the strange things people around the world do for Christmas in the name of celebration.