The Top 5 Strangest Christmas Traditions From Around The World -- Spiders, Mummers, And Logs That Poop Nougat

Nicholas Morine

Whether you are celebrating a white Christmas or a balmy one, there are certain trappings commonly found surrounding the holiday in all corners of the world. Turkey dinner with all of the fixings, savory stuffing, gravy boats, Santa Claus, and gift-giving all make the list of common traditions -- but what about the Christmas oddities? Some cultures around the world celebrate the special day in a variety of strange and unique ways, the most interesting of which are detailed below.

Alcohol may or may not be part of the proceedings.

As NPR details, the entire affair is extremely entertaining.

"The first time I heard about Caga Tio, or Tio de Nadal, my family was getting settled into our life abroad in Barcelona this fall. A new friend's teenage daughter was telling us about the Catalan traditions she celebrates in school.'During Christmas, there's a log that you feed scraps of food, and then he poops presents when you hit him with a stick and sing a song!'"

Nowadays, fancy ornaments in all sorts of shapes and design can be purchased in the Ukraine in celebration of this story -- though some traditionalists prefer a fabric web cast about the branches.

"Feats of Strength" will be performed for all to witness. The exciting "Airing of Grievances" allows participants to unburden themselves to their loved ones. Several "Festivus miracles" are expected to take place during the festivities.

As ABC affiliate WLOS points out, it's not known precisely how many people celebrate Festivus -- but we're willing to be that it's not an insignificant number.

"I know that the people are not eating chicken, they are eating turkey, but I said yes. It was lie," he told interviewers, laughing. "I still regret that. But people, people like it because [it's] something good in the U.S. or European countries. People like it."

KFC, for their part, disputes Okawara's account -- claiming that it was a customer's suggestion to start pushing marketing in Japan.

Approximately 3.6 million Japanese families will chow down on KFC for Christmas, as Business Insider details.

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