The big day is here.
You’re probably sweating over the Christmas turkey, praying that the kids behave in front of the in-laws. Why not take a breather and let us take you on a little armchair holiday around the world to see how others celebrate Christmas?
The Christmas Bonus (Various Countries)
The “thirteenth salary” is equivalent to a month’s salary and is paid around Christmas, hence the term “Christmas Bonus”. In some countries, such as Mexico, Brazil and the Philippines, this payment is mandated by law.
Orthodox Christmas (Various Countries)
Many Orthodox Christian churches follow the Julian calendar, which runs 13 days behind the standard Gregorian calendar. This means that their Christmas falls on 7 January.
Despite the 13 day difference, Christmas is celebrated pretty much the same way, with trees, presents and religious reflection.
However, while the 25 December Christmas is seen as the climax to celebrations (with parties and festivities during the lead-up), the Orthodox Christmas Day is viewed as the start of celebrations.
One benefit of an Orthodox Christmas – taking advantage of those Gregorian after-Christmas sales!
Here’s how not to receive a Christmas present. Post continues below…
Have a Messy Christmas (Slovakia)
Talk about haute cuisine.
On the Christmas Eve family dinner, the patriarch takes a big spoon of a traditional dish and throws the food up at the ceiling. The more food that sticks up there, the richer the family will be the following year.
I might keep this one quiet from the family…
Kreepy Krampus (Various Countries including Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia)
If you thought Billy Bob Thornton was Bad Santa, think again.
Meet Krampus – half goat and half demon (um, pretty?), he beats naughty children with sticks and then drags them with him to the underworld.
A modern take can be seen in the event, Krampuslauf, which sees drunk men dressed as devils taking to the streets and chasing people. Yikes.
In two nights, Krampus comes for you naughty people. pic.twitter.com/DbeAjrCbfY
— Norse Mythology (@NorseMythNews) December 4, 2018