10 Surprising Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. So festive, so cozy, so full of cheer, SO FULL OF FOOD AND DRINK. But in today’s globalized world, Christmas can seem, well, a little homogenized: Images of Kris Kringle, decorated trees, gingerbread, and eggnog dominate. But scratch the surface and you will find that countries around the world have their own fun ways to celebrate the holiday, and stuff their bellies with festive yumminess. From mischievous elves that put potatoes in naughty children’s shoes to a KFC feast (complete with vino!), check out our slideshow to see what people around the world are eating and drinking before setting out cookies for Santa. (One — or all — of these, maybe?)

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