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Here are three unusual Christmas traditions from different parts of the world:

Krampusnacht in Austria and Germany:

In some Alpine regions, including Austria and Germany, there’s a tradition called Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) on December 5th. Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who, according to folklore, punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season. On Krampusnacht, people dress up as Krampus and participate in parades, scaring children and adults alike. It’s a unique blend of the festive and the eerie.

Catalonia’s “Caga Tió” Tradition in Spain:

In Catalonia, Spain, there’s a Christmas tradition involving a character named “Caga Tió,” which translates to “pooping log.” A hollow log with a smiling face is propped up on sticks and “fed” by children with sweets in the days leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, the log is beaten with sticks while a traditional song is sung, encouraging it to “poop” small gifts and candies. It’s a lighthearted and quirky tradition.

Japan’s KFC Christmas Feast:

In Japan, it’s a popular tradition to have a Christmas meal from KFC. This unique custom began in the 1970s after a successful marketing campaign by KFC Japan, associating the fast-food chain with Christmas. Many Japanese families pre-order their KFC Christmas meals, complete with special holiday-themed buckets. The tradition has become so ingrained that ordering KFC for Christmas is a widespread practice in Japan.

These traditions showcase the diversity of how people celebrate Christmas around the world, with each culture adding its own distinctive touch to the holiday season.

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