The Bizarre Ways People Celebrate Christmas Around The World

We’re used to our Christmas traditions here in America. We cut down a tree, bring it into our house, and put lights on it. Also, we’re totally okay with a man we’ve never seen or met secretly climbing into our houses through the chimney. We eat gingerbread for some reason. You know, normal stuff.

But to an outsider, al of that stuff may seem a bit strange. Just like the way other countries celebrate Christmas may seem strange to you. Keep reading to learn about all of the bizarre Christmas traditions from around the world.

Ireland

Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Diageo Beer Company USA
Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Diageo Beer Company USA

Children in Ireland leave a pint of Guinness out for Santa Claus instead of milk. Some Irish children leave out Christmas cake, mince pies, and carrots for the reindeer too.

There is also an old tradition that involves putting out a tall, thick candle on the sill of the largest window after sunset on Christmas Eve. The candle burns all night and emits a welcoming light for Mary and Joseph.