We, at Exeno, are fond of the present-giving tradition and glad that many people consider it one of the major parts of the Christmas celebration. Nevertheless, in many countries, there are some unique Christmas customs that may seem bizarre to some people but for the ones who practice such unusual Christmas rituals it makes perfect sense.
Sweden: watching Donald Duck on Christmas Eve
Christmas doesn’t seem right for Swedes without a Donald Duck cartoon broadcast. Every year on Christmas Eve, about half of Sweden’s population get together at 3 p.m. to watch the Walt Disney’s 1958 special “From All of Us to All of You.” In Swedish, this episode is entitled “Donald Duck and His Friends Wish You a Merry Christmas.”, but it is mostly known just as Kalle Anka (Donald Duck).
Since 1959, the cartoon has been broadcast without commercial breaks at the same time every Christmas Eve. The show has always been ranked among the top three on Swedish television. Even though streaming services are replacing traditional television, the Kalle Anka episode still attracts many viewers to keep the tradition alive.
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Venezuela: rollerblading to church at Christmas
From December 16th to 25th, Venezuelans rollerblade to Mass known as Misa de Aguinaldo at 6 a.m. This tradition dates back to the 60s and is still popular in modern Venezuela. There is no clear answer as to the origin of the rollerblading Christmas custom. By popular opinion, rollerblading is a southern substitute for sledging.
People usually wake up early, take their friends and glide to the local church through empty streets. In view of this tradition, the government started closing the streets on Christmas Eve until eight o’clock the following morning so that Venezuelans could skate safely.
Finland: Christmas Eve sauna
Nothing is better for a Finn than Hyvä sauna (good sauna) on Christmas Eve. Christmas sauna is an important part of Finnish life and Christmas festivities as well: many homes have their own sauna. There are about 5.5 million people in Finland and over 2 million saunas.
After cleaning the house and enjoying a light meal on December 24th, Finns head to the nearest sauna and relax there until the first Christmas guests arrive for a festive dinner. In the past, this sauna tradition was about ritualised purification, the celebration of life and even connecting with the ancestors’ spirits.
There are a lot of unusual Christmas customs and traditions around the world and it’s always fascinating to take a look at them.
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