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13 Christmas Traditions From Around The World That'll Make You Say "Huh?"

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4. Czech Republic

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Stay with me here: In the Czech Republic, unmarried girls are supposed to throw a shoe over their shoulder in the direction of the nearest door. If the shoe lands with the toe pointing towards the door, the girl will get married. HEEL TO GOD.


5. Spain

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In Barcelona, you will find a wooden log with a smiley face wearing a traditional Catalan red hat. He's called Caga Tio and he's basically the Catalan equivalent of Santa Claus.

According to tradition, kids are supposed to "take care" of Caga Tio from Dec. 8 to Christmas Eve. They cover him with a blanket and feed him turrón (or nougat). When it's all said and done, Caga Tio then "poops out" gifts for everyone.


10. Mexico

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Carved radishes are displayed during the celebration of "Night of the Radishes" in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's an annual carving event that has its origins in the colonial period when radishes were introduced by the Spanish. Farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers attention during the Christmas market.

12. Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic

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Central Europe is known for Krampus, a terrifying beast — and Santa's evil counterpart — who beats people into being nice and not naughty. A more modern take on this involves a parade where people dress up as demons and march in the streets.