In my family we have more than our fair share of unique holidays traditions.
For example, on December 1st, no matter what, we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I have seen that movie so many times I probably have it memorized by now.
In hopes of proving that my family is completely normal, I decided to look into other unique Christmas traditions from across the world.
Starting in Sweden with the engagement almond!
In Sweden, it is tradition to eat rice pudding for dessert at Christmas. Whoever prepares the pudding must make sure to put one almond in the mixture and if you are lucky enough to get the almond in yours, you can delete your Tinder account, for your fate is to be married in the new year.
I will for sure be eating buckets of rice pudding this year at Christmas.
The second weird tradition comes straight from Norway. On Christmas Eve it is believed that witches and evil demons are able to come through a portal and haunt you in the new year. Because of this, it is important to hide your broomstick before going to bed. People all across Norway will actually hide their broomstick’s before going to bed, they can only take it out on the 26th once the “portal” is closed.
By far the weirdest holiday tradition I came by was the Christmas pickle. Now I love pickles: I eat them at least once a day, but this tradition seems a lot more than just weird. Basically you hide a pickle inside your Christmas tree and whoever finds it receives the gift of good luck for the following year.
All this accomplished at my home was making my fake Christmas tree smell bad.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you celebrate the holidays, as long as you celebrate it with the ones you love.