Gavle goat means Christmas goat. They build a giant goat that is 13 meters high. Even though the government doesn’t want people to burn it down, someone eventually does.
Yule-lads means Christmas boys. There are 13 little boys, which are like little elves. They visit kids like Santa and give them a gift if they are good. If the kids are naughty they get a rotten potato. The elves put the gifts in a shoe that the kids put out. Each elf has a different name. Some of the names are Spoonlicker: this elf looks for spoons. Windowpeeper: looks in the windows. Sausagestealer: this one steals sausages. Doorsniffer: sniffs door ways.
Everyone gives each other lots of books and they stay up all night reading them.
St. Nikolaus and Knecht Ruprecht
On December 6th, they celebrate St. Nikolaus Day. In order to get a present the kids have to sing or recite a poem. St. Nikolaus rides around on a donkey and gives presents out to everyone.
He is known as St. Nikolaus’s evil twin. If kids are naughty Knecht will whip or beat the kids.
Little Candles Day(Día de las Velitas)
This days honors Mary Mother of Jesus. In Colombia most people are Catholic. They celebrate on December 7th.
Spain(and Latin American)
They eat pig and have a mass until or past midnight. After mass everyone gets together and exchange gifts. Whoever finds the little baby gets to put it in the nativity and it is known as good luck.
Kiviak- the yummiest Christmas dish in the world.
The people in Greenland find a seal and kill it, then they hollow it out. They also go and find sea birds called aux. They kill them and stuff them in the seal. Even the beak and feathers. They hide it under a rock and leave there until Christmas. On Christmas they bust open the seal and eat the stuff inside. If you do not do it correctly it could make you sick.
This is a very old tradition. One of the reasons they do this is because caterpillars are very common in Africa.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
A long time ago a guy went to Japan and convinced the people there that KFC was the thing to eat on Christmas, and the people believed him. Over a million people do this in Japan.
Ded Moroz and Snegurochka
In Russia they tried to make New Years more important than Christmas. Ded Moroz is kind of like Santa. He either wears red or blue. In Russia they call him Father Frost. He carries a staff around which the people there believe is magic.
This is Father Frost’s side kick or daughter. She wears blue.
Back in the days they used to celebrate Christmas on January 7th, they still do that. The reason that happened was because the used to go by a different calendar than America.
In Macedonia they celebrate Christmas on January 7th, like In Russia. Their celebrations start on January 5th. On the 5th, everybody gathers around a campfire and talk. On the 6th, the kids go around and knock on doors and sing for candy. It’s basically like caroling and trick or treating combined. They also bake a loaf of bread with a coin in it. It is considered good luck if you find the coin.
Tell me in the comments what some of your traditions are.