Some strange Christmas customs

I need to take some time to examine the content of my website,, to see what pages need to be expanded. So, for this month, I’m posting a list of strange Christmas customs from around the world plus a recipe which some may think is a strange food to be eaten for Christmas. After you read this please post some of your strange Christmas customs.

In Japan a bucket of KFC fried chicken is the main dish for Christmas dinner. KFC fried chicken is so popular at Christmas that one has to order chicken weeks in advance.

A favorite Christmas dish in Greenland is Kiviak, fermented birds.

People roller skate to mass during the Christmas season in Caracas, Venezuela. Streets are closed to cars and buses during the mornings so the skaters can go to church.

If children in Iceland do not work hard enough and finish their work before Christmas, the scary Yule cat, Jolakotturinn, eats them. Children who get their work done before Christmas get new clothes. The Yule cat looks for the children in old clothes and eats them.

In Estonia and some other Slavic countries Christmas begins with a visit to the sauna.

Straw goats play a big part in a Swedish Christmas. They are a major Christmas decoration on their Christmas trees, in their homes, and in their cities.

In Spain families keep a hollow log with a face and legs in the house. Each night the children give the log something to eat and cover it with a blanket so it will not get cold at night. On Christmas day the log is placed partly into the fireplace and ordered to “poop.” To make it “poop” children beat the log with sticks and sing Christmas songs until nuts and candy fall out for the whole family to share.

In Norway people believe that witches come out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride so they hide them before going to bed on Christmas Eve.

This recipe, and others, can be found on the recipes page at

Deep Fried Oysters

2 cans oysters, drained on paper towels
1 stick blue bonnet butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup Kentucky Kernel flour
1 cup plain bread crumbs

Combine melted butter and egg. Dip oysters in egg, butter mixture
and then in flour. Dip again in egg, butter mixture and then in bread crumbs.

Deep fry, on all sides, till golden brown.

Serve with dipping sauce of your choice.


  1. 1

    Thanks…I saw kids beating a ‘log person’ with a blanket over it for Christmas on a kiddie show years ago.It made no sense until you explained it…(not that it makes all that much sense now, either!).
    Happy New Year!

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