Friday 28 December 2012

Fried Carp, Fried Chicken & Fried Caterpillars

Here are ten strange Christmas traditions from around the world.

1.  Austrians eat fried carp and edible Christmas ornaments.

2.  The Japanese dine at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas Day.  It is so popular that many have to make reservations weeks in advance.

3.  In South Africa, people eat fried fuzzy caterpillars on Christmas Day.

4.  The Irish children leave mince pies and a bottle of Guinness for Santa Claus.

5.  In Caracas, Venezuela, officials close the Main Street on Christmas Day so people can rollerskate to church.

6.  Santa Claus rides on a kangaroo in Australia.

7.  Ukrainians decorate their Christmas tree with a spider and a web.  Local folklore says that a poor woman had no decorations for her tree.  She woke up Christmas morning and found a spider had spun a web which had turned silver from the sun and that's how tinsel got its start.

8.  In America, 8 out of the 10 most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews rather than Christians.  At the top of the list is "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin.

9.  In Czechoslovakia, women used to throw a shoe over their shoulder on Christmas Eve.  If it landed on the floor with its toe pointing toward the door, she would be married within a year.  If it landed with its heel pointing towards the door, she would remain single.

10.  In Spain, a character named "El Caganer" is a little man who defecates.  He is supposed to fertilize the land, making for a good harvest in the coming year.

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