8 Fascinating Christmas Traditions From Around the World

The world is a big place, and believe or not, there are other Christmas traditions we’re not familiar with. While some of us gather round the telly on Christmas eve to eat mince pies, drink mulled wine, and watch It’s A Wonderful Life in our pyjamas and wait for Santa, there are other people in the world waiting for one of Santa’s many exotic friends. We think it’s important to share other cultures, and honestly, if you thought the idea of a fat dude creeping into your house at night and eating your food was a bit odd, wait until you see some of these…

Iceland: The Yule Lads

No, not a festive indie band. The Yule Lads are a group of 13 pranksters who travel the Icelandic countryside, leaving gifts for children who left their shoes by the window. The gifts are mostly sweets, but children who misbehave traditionally received rotten potatoes. Lovely.

Italy: La Befana

In Italy, La Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts around Christmas. She’s basically a Christmas Witch. Her broom also represents her abilities as a good housekeeper, and they say she sweeps the floors of every house before leaving. Better than Santa, who just comes in and helps himself to pies.