The stories of how countries celebrate Christmas fascinate us from an early age. The famous Christmas pudding from England, the picnic on the beach in Australia, and the Finnish Santa Claus with the wonderful name of Joulupukki. But who has ever heard of the shitting tree trunks, the flying high heeled shoes, and the biting horse skeletons? Just in time for the holidays, we have unearthed the 10 most bizarre Christmas traditions in the world!
Here are our Top 10 most bizarre Christmas traditions in the world
1. The pickle on the Christmas tree – USA
In America, it is a tradition to hide a pickle (the “Christmas Pickle”) among the branches on the Christmas tree. Instead of using a real cucumber, traditional Christmas tree ornaments made of glass are used and passed on from generation to generation. On Christmas morning, whichever child in the family is the first to spot the green gherkin in the dark green thicket gets an additional gift. According to American legend, this custom has German roots – in Germany itself, however, is is completely unknown …
2. Trade a shoe for a husband – Czech Republic
Sometimes you have to make great sacrifices in order to lead a happy life. In the Czech Republic, therefore, every year probably thousands of single women throw one of their high heeled shoes over their shoulders toward their house doors. If the shoe lands with the heel pointing toward the house, the woman can try their luck again the following year. But if the toe is pointing toward the house, she can start packing, because in that case the lucky woman will soon be getting married and will be leaving the house. Alternatively, she can also shake an elderberry bush and hope that the neighbor’s dog barks. This allegedly causes miracles in the acquiring a partner. Read More »