5 Christmas Traditions From Around the World

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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.