Christmas Traditions That Are a Bit Strange to Those Not From The US

Sara B

Every part of the world has some strange Christmas traditions; we have a few in the United States.

The first bizarre Christmas tradition is decorating the tree with popcorn. I grew up stringing popcorn for the tree; it was a cheap and effective way to decorate.

It is believed that German Americans were the first to decorate trees with fruits and nuts, so it is thought that this is where the tradition originated from

TV Yule Logs: it is reported that the first burning Yule Log aired on TV in 1966, and now it has become so popular that you can stream it on Netflix.

The next one is the Drunk Santa tradition. I don't know if this is a tradition or a dress-up party. Yet this strange tradition began as Santacon, a San Francisco pub crawl in 1994, and the tradition continues.

Another tradition that is unique to the USA is eggnog. It is even reported that George Washington preferred a strong eggnog. However, other countries also have their version of eggnog, and each one varies by ingredients.

Making gingerbread houses. This tradition began in 1796 with the cookbook American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. Inside this cookbook was a recipe for gingerbread. Turning them into gingerbread houses also dates back to the early Colonists.

Mainly the Hansel and Gretel story, published in Germany in the 1600s. However, when the first European settlers came, they brought a love for gingerbread constructions, which has now become an American Christmas Tradition.

The Christmas Pickle. It's also a strange but American Christmas Tradition. There is no particular reason why it began, but according to reports, it was in the 1880s. Woolworths stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germany; some were in various shapes, and a pickle was in the variety. The pickle was the last ornament hung on the Christmas tree, and the first child to the pickle got an extra present.

I am outside of the United States for Christmas this year; I want to ask if the country I am in recognizes any of these traditions!

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