Friday, December 21, 2018

Fun Christmas Facts

Happy Friday everyone! To celebrate the Friday before Christmas, I thought I'd share some interesting facts about Christmas traditions around the world. Grab your milk and cookies and let's get to unwrapping some knowledge.

Did you know? 

mince pies and guinessIn Ireland, children leave out mince pies and a bottle of Guinness for Santa rather than milk and cookies. The good news is that the reindeer remain sober for the entire journey. Whether Santa brings along a designated driver to help him after Ireland remains unknown.

Japan famously serves poultry for their Christmas dinners too but rather than roasting a turkey or chicken, the Japanese head to their closest Kentucky Fried Chicken instead. KFC is so popular for Christmas dinner that many locations in Japan require reservations in order to feast on the delicious finger lickin' good fried Southern delicacy.

Like a number of predominantly Christian nations, many Venezuelans attend Christmas Mass to celebrate the holiday. However while other nations may drive to their nearest church for mass, the roads in Venezuela are completely closed on Christmas. Rather than walk to church, many Venezuelans save a little time and roller skate to Christmas Mass.

Every nation has its own unique Christmas delicacies but South Africa's might take the cake... or the wing? Once Christmas comes around, South Africans enjoy chowing down on deep fried emperor moth caterpillars. Sounds rather far fetched to be true, right? I thought so too, which is why I checked with my good friend Andrew from Pretoria, South Africa and confirmed that yes, this is actual fact but only in very rural areas. While caterpillar consumption isn't common throughout South African cities at Christmas, some parts of the country deep-fry the protein-rich grubs and go to town.

Though not every family subscribes to the holiday traditions held by their country or region, every family has their own unique holiday traditions that bring everyone together for the season. My family enjoys going to Waffle House in Doraville, GA for Christmas breakfast and has done so for the past 23 years, with opening presents afterwards. We also fix chicken enchiladas for Christmas lunch then congregate with extended family for a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange (although white elephants never seem to make an appearance).

Whatever your holiday traditions are, here's wishing you and your family a wonderful and loving holiday season! ❤️