There are many weird and wonderful customs from around the world that make some Christmases just for locals. Take a look at these fun Christmas facts for a list of cultural creations to incorporate this festive season.
The mince pies traditionally eaten around Christmas time with a glass of mulled wine, were traditionally filled with beef and mixed spices in Victorian times, hence the name ‘Mince Pies!’
If you find an orange in your Christmas stocking this year, then you will be getting a slice of French history as well, as these were the gifts of French nuns in the 12th century for the poor.
In Greece it is customary to celebrate Christmas on January 7th in line with the Julian calendar, although presents could be opened a little earlier on New Year’s Day!
Australia currently holds a world record for the biggest Christmas cracker, which was created in 1991, and was 45.72 metres long, and 3.04 metres in diameter.
In one of the coldest countries on earth, Santa Claus needed an appropriate name to match, so the Russians decided to name their version, Deushka Moroz, or Grandfather Frost in English!
Every year since 1947, the Norwegian city of Oslo has delivered a Christmas tree to London as a goodwill gift for Britain’s help during World War 2.
In Sweden the children usually eat sweets called Pepparkakor, which made of gingerbread and moulded into the shape of a goat!
Finally, Italian families celebrate the arrival of the Witch ‘Befana,’ who, instead of Santa, gives presents to children on Christmas!