Christmas Around the Globe

Michelle Garcia, Reporter

There are so many unique, weird, and beautiful ways to celebrate Christmas. Some may be different from what we celebrate here in the United States.

An example of these Christmas traditions is Jerusalem. In the city where Jesus lived and died, they decorate churches with big trees and do services in many languages all day.

There are also some unusual traditions, not everything is happy and cheerful. An unusual Christmas tradition is that in Austria they say that Saint Nicholas has a sidekick called the “Devilish Krampus.” The theory states that he bundles bad kids into a sack for a midnight snack.

Traditions can be also very fun and very filling like Christmas in Japan. In Japan they don’t really have Christmas as their holiday, but they celebrate it with a KFC. Its unreliable but they state that you even must order months ahead to not wait in line.

” There was no tradition of Christmas in Japan, and so KFC came in and said, this is what you should do on Christmas,” an expert said.

There are interesting but tiring traditions too, such as those in Sweden. In Sweden they celebrate Christmas by building a huge straw goat.

The Yule goat not only helped deliver presents but was often Santa’s ride of choice, according to local folklore.

According to Dogo News, they have destroyed the Yule goat 32 times in the past 52 years.

There are not only these traditions, but many more all over the world. It goes from beautiful to even scary traditions, but they are all unique in their own way.