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8 Crazy Christmas Traditions Around the World

Gävle’s 40-foot goat made of straw stands festive and strong, unaware of its possible fate

Christmas is a beloved holiday celebrated in many different countries, from the United States to India. Historically formed by Christians on December 25, 336, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, some Christmas customs, like the Christmas tree, can be traced to paganism. Through the centuries as Christianity spread around the world, so did versions of Christmas celebrated by a number of different cultures. Today we look at eight unique Christmas traditions, some quite weird, that people celebrate around the world. For a new Christmas tradition of your own, at Spin Palace. The Gävle Goat, Sweden Gävle, a town in Sweden, has basically two strange traditions. The first, original tradition: every year they erect a giant straw statue of a goat, or a Yule goat. The second tradition, because it is so fun to destroy things made of straw, is for some daring townsperson to burn down that goat. Of the 50 years the goat has been erected, the poor Yule goat has become a ...Continue reading

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