You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall witches, fried chicken, pickles, and jolly vandalism?
There’s a lot more to Christmas than many of us have ever even heard of. Here’s a list of our favorites, along with the cool stories behind them. Maybe you’ll be adding in a little something different to your festive routine this year…
5. Halloween on Christmas in Norwegia
Stash your brooms! In Norwegia, all of the superstitious are extra cautious to keep their brooms hidden on Christmas Eve.
Ancient legend says Christmas Eve is the time when witches and other mischievous creatures come out to play, visiting houses that keep their brooms in plain sight (so they can steal them). However, witches bring with them bad luck and misfortune, so hiding brooms away is very important in order to keep the home and family safe.
The women usually stash the brooms, while the men blast a couple shots of their rifle out the front door as an extra precaution. No way will any witch, no matter how brave, approach a house armed with a gun!
It is then, and only then, that Norwegian families know they’re safe to eat their Christmas dinner in peace.
4. KFC in Japan
Forget the turkey and cranberry sauce, Christmas in Japan is all about Kentucky Fried Chicken!
It all started with the “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign of 1974. When some tourists in Japan couldn’t find chicken for their Christmas dinner, they went for the next best option: fried chicken! The company saw this as a huge opportunity, and so the next year they marketed their chicken as the prime meal for everyone’s Christmas Eve.
Fast forward to 2015, and citizens of Japan have to secure their reservations for Christmas Eve with KFC months in advance! If you’re too late for a reservation, you’ll have to wait in line, many of which have a two hour wait!
To top it all off, the wait time isn’t even the most shocking part. Back when the Kentucky for Christmas campaign started in 1974, Christmas dinner went for about $10 a person. Now, you’ll have to pay as much as $40 a person.