We all have our special Christmas traditions to celebrate the holiday and spending time with our family and friends - but some countries seem to have very interesting traditions - terrifying even!
FINLAND - VISIT A CEMETERY
In Finland, the family is very likely to take a trip to a cemetery. The purpose is to light candles in remembrance of deceased relatives. Many graveyards have a special place where candles can be placed in honour of people buried elsewhere.
In Helsinki, around 75% of families visit a cemetery at Christmas time, usually on Christmas Eve, and yes this does cause traffic chaos.
Photo: © Jef
SWEDEN: THE GÄVLE GOAT
The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget (Castle Square) in central Gävle, Sweden. This giant version of the traditional Swedish Yule goat is made by the local community from
The goat first appeared in 1966 and is famous for being destroyed in arson attacks during December. The local community have tried various security measures to protect the straw goat. As of December
Photo: © Robert Matton AB / Alamy
ICELAND: JÓLAKÖTTURINN, THE CHRISTMAS CAT
According to Icelandic
The story goes that Jólakötturinn visits houses on Christmas night to see which children have been good enough to receive new clothes and socks. For those unfortunate children who were not good enough during the year to get such a
Like many Christmas celebrating counties in Austria all children who have been good can expect to get treats and presents from Santa Claus. But if you are on Santa's naughty list Santa doesn't visit, his evil twin Krampus does.
Krampus is nothing like Santa, he is a hairy goat beast with horns and a pointy tongue. He abducts the naughty children and hurls them into the pits of hell, but he beats them with sticks and chains first.
Just when you thought the northern hemisphere had some particularly interesting traditions and legends let's move south.
VENEZUELA: ROLLER SKATE TO MASS
Christmas day and the days before in Caracas, Venezuela the roads are closed to traffic to allow people to roller stake to early morning mass. Legend says that children go to bed with
With an estimated 70% of the population
Leading up to another Christmas we should all celebrate our whatever our traditions are with our family and friends. Merry Christmas.