If you grew up in the UK, your idea of Christmas probably involves lights, trees, panto, nativity plays, mince pies, roast turkey, crackers and the Queen’s speech. But this isn’t the case for everyone around the world. Travel over the festive season and you’ll quickly discover that Christmas traditions vary massively from country to country.
Whilst British children look forward to the arrival of Father Christmas, for instance, Icelandic children look forward to the arrival of the Yule Lads. These 13 mischievous characters are said to bring gifts for good children and rotten potatoes for naughty ones.
And whilst British families sit down to a turkey roast with all the trimmings, Japanese families tuck into – believe it or not – a KFC bargain bucket. This is thanks to a marketing campaign from the 70’s, that made fried chicken for Christmas a national custom. [Read more…]