Weird Christmas Traditions
All across the world and in the U.S, people celebrate Christmas in different ways. Some traditions have sprung up throughout the years that just seem weird. Some are fun, some are insane and some are just pure evil. Here are a few of those weird Christmas traditions.
The Christmas Pickle
I found out about the Christmas Pickle in a weird way. One of my friends was leaving the country for 2-years and I wanted to give him something strange to remember me. So I found a pickle ornament. Little did I know, a tradition hid behind that ornament.
Some say the tradition started in Germany but no one really knows for sure where the Christmas Pickle started.
The Christmas Pickle is actually an ornament that is the last to be hung on the Christmas tree. The first person to find the pickle on the tree on Christmas Morning gets a extra gift.
I think it is a fun Christmas tradition to start. However, for my family, I have yet to buy another Pickle ornament.
The tradition of the Peppermint Pig started in the late 1800's in Saratoga, New York.
According to Saratoga.com:
When families gathered together at Christmas for the holiday meal, the tradition was to break the Peppermint Pig™ after dinner (inside a small cloth pouch) using a miniature hammer. All family members would then share in eating the sweet candy pieces, hoping for good fortune in the coming year.
The Yule Log
It is a video of a burning fireplace to enjoy on Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning.
According to TheYuleLog.com:
The concept of the televised Yule Log is a tradition that originally began in 1966 by New York City's own WPIX-TV.
That famous and glorious 7-minute film loop of that roaring, happy, mesmerizing fire inside that festively decorated mantel piece complimented by the majesty of some of the greatest classic Christmas music ever recorded is indeed the one and only WPIX Yule Log. It has often been imitated, but never duplicated.
Caganer – The Pooping Man
I have no idea why anyone would add a pooping figurine the the Nativity Scene.
According to Fun-Learning-Spanish.com:
A Caganer is the figure of a person who is defecating and is traditionally placed in the nativity scenes in Catalonia and the Valencian Community.
However, it is said that the caganer brings luck because his stools fertilize the earth; therefore, he is a symbol of a 'good harvest' for the following year. For this reason, putting ths figure in the nativity scene brings luck and happiness; not doing so brings misfortune.
This is a European tradition that in my opinion is just plain evil and frankly scares the crap out of me.
According to Krampus.com:
Krampus is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, the traditional European winter gift-bringer who rewards good children each year on December 6. The kindly old Saint leaves the task of punishing bad children to a hell-bound counterpart The Horned Devil, also known as Krampusknown by many names across the continent — Knecht Ruprecht, Certa, Perchten, Black Peter, Schmutzli, Pelznickel, Klaubauf, and Krampus. Usually seen as a classic devil with horns, cloven hooves and monstrous tongue, but can also be spotted as a sinister gentleman dressed in black or a hairy man-beast. Krampus punishes the naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below.
Why, why, WHY, would anyone do this at Christmas time.