Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Christmas Traditions From Around The World

There are lots of interesting Christmas traditions from around the world. Let’s explore together!

Kentucky Fried Chicken Christmas Dinner – Japan


In recent years, the Japanese started a tradition of tucking into a KFC on Christmas Day. There’s a specific menu available, and orders can be placed in advance. It’s thought that this began following a KFC campaign called “Kentucky for Christmas.”

Given that Christmas isn’t held in such high regard as it is here, a fast food dinner doesn’t seem all that unusual.

As a kid, I was a very fussy eater, and my usual Christmas dinner was cheese sandwiches. So, I can’t say I’m completely against this idea. I’ve come to love the traditional turkey and all that goes with it, but I think it would be fun to do this one year!

Donating A Christmas Tree – Norway


Each year, Norway gives a large Christmas tree to the UK. This is as a symbol of gratitude for the help they were given during World War II. It takes pride of place in London’s Trafalgar Square, and thousands of people flood to see the lights come on.

Though this is perhaps a more well known tradition than others, it’s a charming gesture.

Celebrating Christmas In January – Egypt


In Egypt, Christmas doesn’t fall on December 25th as we know it to. Instead, their festivities take place on the 7th of January. This is because many Christians in Egypt belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Starting on 25th November, some people partake in “The Holy Nativity Fast.” This is essentially a vegan diet. They avoid anything which comes from animals, such as beef and eggs. This lasts 43 days and ends on the 6th of January.

The Grand Market – Jamaica


This is another name for Christmas Eve in Jamaica. Throughout the day, Jamaicans shop for things like food, toys and clothes. Then, at around 6pm, things shift into more of a festival atmosphere. Celebrations take place throughout the night, with many places decorated with Christmas lights. Usually, there are street vendors selling jerk chicken and sweets.

Depending on their preference, some may choose to attend a midnight service. Others opt to party right through the night.

Unusual Nativity Scenes – Mexico


Nativity scenes are a popular tradition in Mexico. In some cases, the figures are life size, and a whole room can be dedicated to the scene!

However, they don’t start and end with the traditional figures. Mexicans put their own twist on it by bringing in things like women making tortillas, and exotic animals like flamingos. These are available at markets all across the country.

13th Salary – Brazil


It’s not unusual for the inhabitants of Brazil to receive double pay in the month of December. The thinking behind it is that it will boost the economy during the festive period. It began decades ago, and has been an ongoing tradition since.

Who else likes the sound of this one?

Christmas Traditions From Around The World

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Do You Have Any Unusual Christmas Traditions?

Do you know any Christmas traditions from around the world? Share them in the comments!


  1. 20th December 2018 / 11:27 am

    This is really interesting Ruth, I didn’t know any of these! I’m loving the sound of the 13th salary in Brazil, what an awesome tradition! I like the Mexican twist of tortillas and flamingos in Nativity scenes, very fun! I went to Mexico a few years ago in December and it was strange seeing Christmas tree’s and people walking around in shorts. Ooh I’m not sure I could swap my Christmas dinner for a KFC, I love pigs in blankets too much, ha ha. Thanks for sharing, great post! <3 xxx

    Bexa |

    • ruthinrevolt
      21st December 2018 / 12:00 pm

      I agree – the 13th salary is my favourite on the list because I think it’s something we’d all be grateful for! I’d love to see a Mexican nativity scene with flamingos, but I can imagine it’s weird being somewhere warm for Christmas.

  2. 20th December 2018 / 11:30 am

    These are so interesting! I can’t imagine having KFC on Christmas day, I’m all about that roast dinner! However, the double pay in December one sounds like a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

    • ruthinrevolt
      21st December 2018 / 12:01 pm

      I’m glad you found them interesting! I could definitely swap my Christmas dinner for a KFC, but not as a regular thing. I do look forward to my Christmas dinner a bit too much to replace it altogether 😉

  3. 20th December 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Hello Ruth and thanks for sharing this interesting information about traditions around the world. I’m always up for another reason to pick up KFC, so this was just the ticket for me!
    I’ll be stopping in sometime between Christmas and New Year’s for sure.
    Have a wonderful holiday,
    My Best Friend Adeline

    • ruthinrevolt
      21st December 2018 / 12:04 pm

      I’m with you on that one – any excuse for a KFC! Thanks for visiting, Joan, always a pleasure. 🙂

  4. 20th December 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Well these are all very excellent and weird. Who knew KFC for dinner in Japan was a thing? Or the Grand Market in Jamaica- that sounds amazing, and one for the bucket list!

    • ruthinrevolt
      21st December 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks Vicky! I’d love to see the Grand Market, it sounds like a fantastic way to spend the day!

  5. 20th December 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Interesting. I must admit I did laugh when my daughter, who is currently living in Japan, said she was having KfC for Christmas dinner. I keep sending her photos of the tree etc and will be sending her pics of the turkey etc on Christmas day!

    • ruthinrevolt
      21st December 2018 / 12:06 pm

      I think I would have laughed, too. I love that you’ve been sending her photos of your Christmas, though, that’s lovely!

  6. 20th December 2018 / 8:54 pm

    I had no idea Norway gave England a tree, and I’m not sure how I didn’t know that yet! That’s truly incredible, and a wonderful reminder of the greatest generation xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      21st December 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Aww, I’m glad I could teach you something new! 🙂 I love it, and hope it always continues.

  7. 4th January 2019 / 6:12 pm

    Haha I love the sound of double pay in December! 😉 Also KFC for Christmas dinner doesn’t sound bad either. Thanks for sharinf these Ruth, I loved reading them.

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