Christmas traditions are weird worldwide and we've found some of the strangest. Check out giant straw goats in Sweden Dropdown content and festive KFC in Japan Dropdown content. Discover pooing nativity figures in Spain (they're a thing) and meet the 12 Yule Lads of Iceland Dropdown content. Happy Christmas Weirdness!
Heard of Julbocken? It's the Yule Goat you can see every Christmas if you visit
How long the legendary goat survives is now a national news story in Sweden. Yet its infamy never deters the arsonists, and Julbocken always burns. If you want to go see, Gävle is north of
Advertising shapes Christmas, for proof you only need to look at KFC in
Back in the 1970s some tourists to
For some reason KFC for Christmas really appealed to the Japanese, and today KFC sales all over Japan rocket on 25 December. Families even book their seasonal feasts in advance and KFC drive-thru are packed on Christmas Day.
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Loosely translated as, the crapper, 'el caganer' is a ceramic model of a pooing Catalan peasant. The figure is usually squatting and hard to miss, because without a prominent caganer, no true Spanish nativity is complete.
El caganer have been about for centuries and now there are even celebrity versions - everyone from Trump to Lady Gaga has been immortalised as a pooing peasant. The origin is uncertain, but one theory is that el caganer is "fertilising" the nativity to guarantee a prosperous year ahead.
Forget kindly Santa and meet the rather less cheery Yule Lads of
All the Yule Lads are brothers, and the sons of a cruel giant known for eating stew made out of naughty children. Despite their dark origin story, a few of the lads are friendly. But others go by sinister names like Doorway Sniffer and Window Peeper.
If the thought of Yule Lads and cold potatoes doesn't deter you and you're still tempted by Christmas in Iceland, then treat yourself to a stay at the glamorous Exeter Hotel in Reykjavik.
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