Christmas is here! And with it comes a slew of silly and strange traditions that span the globe. Here are just a few found in the pages of

1. The Krampus

In recent decades the Krampus tradition has become a little controversial, as parents and others fear that perhaps he brings more fear than cheer during the usually happy holiday season.

2. The Tio
Caga tio: the pooping log

3. The Christmas Pickle
Pickle Ornament

This pickle ornament tradition has been referenced before in a past blog post, which includes many more interesting traditions for your perusal.

4. Zwarte Piet
Zwarte Piet (Black Peter)

Black Peter has been accused of having some racist implications, and like the Krampus (with whom he is often conflated) he is a Christmas tradition many would rather do without.

5. Mari Lwyd
Mari Lwyd

Mari Lwyd 2

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! What kind of fun (or funny) traditions do you have for the holiday season?

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2 thoughts on “Traditions of Christmas

  1. I will be 90 years old in March, Good Lord Willing of course. Too old for the toys you mention. Also as a family of professional entertainers Mother ordered Christmas from the INSURE Catalogue which advertised in Billboard Magazine of the 1920s and ’30s especially for traveling professions.

  2. Do not believe in Christmas, it’s all pagan, Jesus was not born at Christmas, people just spend waste a lot of money,

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