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6 Different Christmas Traditions to try this Holiday Season

Decorating Christmas trees and leaving cookies for Santa are a fun way to celebrate a traditional Christmas. Spice up your holiday traditions this winter with worldly and out of the box customs. Watch a fire on television or carol the streets dressed as a mummer; whatever you choose it’ll be the cinnamon and sugar topping to your holiday.

TV Yule Log
The Yule Log is tradition that dates back hundreds of years. However, modern times mean we can broadcast a burning log on TV. New York City homes a longstanding tradition of the watching the Yule Log on TV, which is a quaint living room fire burning for 24 hours. Broadcast station WPIX has aired the burning log Christmas Eve through Christmas day since 1966. So buck up your HD TV for a season filled with good old Griswold cheer.

Christmas Carol as a Mummer
Latvian culture does caroling quite differently than everyone else. Mummers are costumed musicians who frolic door-to-door spreading Christmas cheer. Often times they dress in vibrant colors or wear bear, zombie, or gypsy costumes. In Latvia, if a mummer appears that means evil spirits will leave and the home will be blessed with fertile farms. It’s a good way to space clear homes, or be seen as completely obnoxious.

Wassaling with a Yule Goat
Scandinavian theory suggests that the celebration of the goat is connected to the Norse God, Thor, who rode the sky in a chariot carried by two goats. Seventeenth Century Nords dressed in costumes and went to homes singing songs or enacting plays, which included the Yule Goat. Nowadays Nords decorate massive hay, goat with red ribbons or place a goat ornament on the Christmas tree. If that sounds too boring, rent a goat and walk the streets caroling in your Thor costume. PS: don’t forget the hammer.

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Celebrate the Ghost of Christmas Past
In Portugal, traditional Christmas cheer is tweaked with a hint of sadness. During “Consoda,” families will remember deceased friends and family on this otherwise jolly holiday. To show remembrance and gratitude, families would set extra places on the Christmas dinner table. This is to ensure good fortune. This Christmas do act of kindness and set an extra plate setting. You never know who will show up.

Glue Eyes on the back of the Santa Statue
There’s a large number of Japanese households who celebrate Christmas. Japan recognizes Santa Claus as, “Santa Kurohsu,” and is said to have eyes in the back of his head. This ensures that Santa is constantly watching for naughty boys and girls. Four-eyed, Santa whips children and adults into being on their best behavior during the holiday season.

Have a Wicked Christmas
Norwegians believe Christmas Eve is when evil spirits and witches arrive in town. Households hide brooms before going to sleep. This Christmas Eve, hide brooms, vacuum cleaners, and the Swiffer in closets to bless homes with positive spirits.

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