This is Santa's Village. I made it in the 80's. It's a sweet tradition to have it out each Christmas.
Scary Christmas Traditions
In Norway, there is no cleaning on Christmas Eve. All brooms are safely hidden away in case they’re stolen by witches and evil spirits. [I like this tradition.]
Ukrainians forego tinsel and baubles, instead decorating their Christmas trees with an artificial spider web. [This is weird.]
In Austria, children live in fear of Krampus – a Christmas devil who’s said to beat naughty children with branches. [Well that would suck! Happy I don't live in Austria!]
In Iceland, the Yule Cat is said to stalk the Icelandic hills. Those who don’t receive new clothes before Christmas Eve are said to be devoured by this mythical beast. [This isn't much good for poor people. I’ve never cared much for cats.]
Guatemalans sweep out their houses before Christmas. Each neighborhood will then create a large pile of dirt, before placing an effigy of the devil on top, and burning it. [Oh yes, the Sacrificing of the Dirt.]
Greece – The Kallikantzaroi is a race of evil goblins, who lurk underground. During the 12 days of Christmas, they surface and wreak havoc. [I would not look forward to Christmas in Greece.]
In South Africa. South African children are told the story of Danny, a young boy who angered his grandmother by eating the cookies that had been left for Santa. In the grandmother’s rage she killed Danny, and he is said to haunt homes at Christmas. [WTH! The poor little boy! I reckon this tradition would keep a grandchild in line though.]
In Germany, children leave a shoe outside the house on December 5th, which is then filled with sweets overnight. Naughty children awake to find a tree branch in their shoe instead. [I’m just wondering how the candy would taste after being in a shoe.]
Icelandic children leave a shoe on their bedroom windowsills during the 12 days of Christmas. Each night, it’s filled with sweets or gifts, ready to be enjoyed in the morning. [You’d have to have a really big dang foot to get any good gifts!]
In the Czech Republic, unmarried women stand by a door and throw a shoe over their shoulder – if the toe is pointing towards the door when it lands, they will get married within the next year. [Well I wish I had received this memo! Holy cow, I’ve been throwing my shoe over the house!]
In Germany, Germans hide a pickle in the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve – the first child to discover it in the morning receives a small gift. [Aaah… yeah… oookay.]
In Slovakia, the most senior man of the house takes a spoonful of loksa pudding and throws it at the ceiling – the more that sticks, the better. [The better what? And who is going to clean up the mess on the ceiling… well the most senior woman of the house of course! This tradition REALLY sucks!]
Sweden - tradition involves festive rice pudding. A peeled almond is hidden in the dessert, and the person who finds it will be married within a year. [I don't believe I've ever peeled an almond, and don't believe I ever will.]
In Catalonia, a province of Spain, Catalonians have the Tio de Nadal, otherwise known as the “pooping log”. Decorated with a face and blanket, on Christmas Eve the log is placed halfway into a fire and beaten with sticks. [Okay, this one is too stupid and disgusting for me to comment.]
The Hayter Family gets together on a day before Christmas – the brothers and their families. This year, we’ll be at my house having a spaghetti lunch. We’ll visit and exchange gifts and talk about old times and trivia and movies and TV.
A few days before Christmas, I’ll go to my son Jeff and Katie’s and spend the night with them.
And Christmas Eve will be spent at the Asian Wok with my son Ethan and Deni, Faolan, Rowan, Varric, and Deni’s Mom Sondra and Robert. After eating, we’ll go to E’s house and open presents.
Whatever your Christmas traditions are, I hope that you have fun with your family and friends! I love you guys, and thank you so much for reading!