Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Joshua Biser, Co-editor

While Christmas is celebrated in many countries around the world, each country celebrates Christmas differently than those around it.  From burning a goat to eating fried chicken, Christmas traditions around the world take on many shapes and ideas, and this is some of those traditions



In Japan, a common tradition is to enjoy fried chicken for Christmas.  This came about in 1974 from a Kentucky Fried Chicken marketing campaign, which advertised ‘Kentucky for Christmas!’ The campaign was so successful that the tradition continues to this day, with orders needing to be placed in advance to get them in time for Christmas.



In the city of Gävle, Sweden, a straw goat has been constructed each Christmas since 1966.  Since then, it’s become the goal of some people to burn the statue down, which has become a large back and forth, with the goat having been burned 29 times of all the years it’s been up, with the most recent being in 2016, where the statue lasted less than a day.  As of now, the statue has not been burned this year, but isn’t taken down until January, so there’s still time.





Children in Holland don’t wait for Santa Clause.  Rather, children are awaiting the arrival of Sinterklaas on December 6th.  This day also happens to be Saint Nicholas day.  In Holland, Sinterklaas is described as a bishop, wearing red robes.  He rides a white horse, and has a bag of toys that he gives to children.





In Norway, hiding brooms on Christmas Eve is a common tradition.  The goal of this is to hide them from witches who might take them for a midnight ride.  In addition to this, porridge is left in the barn for gnomes who protect the farm.