Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions
Some might say we’re a bit short on Christmas tradition here in New Zealand, so we asked some overseas mums how they celebrate the day, in the hope of finding some great traditions we could make our own.
Christmas Traditions from Across the Globe
Christmas at the beach, a game of cricket and a stocking filled with Scorched Almonds are pretty typical of an NZ Christmas. We asked some overseas mums what made their Christmas celebrations special, and got some surprising answers!
“My husband’s family from the north of Sweden have a Christmas room in their old farmhouse. It’s only ever used on Christmas Eve, and each year for the past 150 or so years, they have kept a memento of the day, like a decorated egg or piece of music or children’s drawing. It’s like stepping into a living museum!” Malin, Sweden
“Our Christmas in South Africa is pretty similar to NZ. Although we traditionally have a roast served with yellow rice and raisins and vegetables, followed by ‘Lekker Pudding’, a baked pudding made with apricot jam.” Marie, South Africa
“In Catalonia, where I am from, we have a ‘pooping log’ called ‘Caga Tió’. We hollow out a log, paint a face on it and put it on legs. Every night from early December, we feed it nuts and candy. On Christmas Eve we hit Caga Tió with a stick so it poops out everything it’s been fed. Then we eat it all!” Adriana, Spain
“I don’t know if this is just our family, but at home in Ohio we get all the children to write a Dear Santa letter or draw a picture if they’re too small. We keep these letters in a special treasure box, and go through them every year on Christmas Day.” Nichola, USA
“In the Netherlands we celebrate ‘Sinterklaas’ from the 5th December. We leave our shoes out overnight, and hopefully in the morning they’re filled with candy!” Saakje, Netherlands
My family, like a lot of other Japanese, eat KFC on Christmas Day. It’s so popular that you have to pre-order your chicken in advance! Mio, Japan
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