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17 Bizarre Christmas Celebrations From Around The World

Santa seems just about normal right now.

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4. Krampus, Santa's demon sidekick, runs wild through Austria abusing children who misbehaved.

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During Krampuslauf, young men and women routinely drink and then run through the streets dressed as Krampus and other demons.

8. Children in Barcelona take care of, and then beat, Tio de Nadal logs while asking it to shit presents through song.

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One of the songs children routinely sing is:

"Shit log,

shit nougats,

hazelnuts and cottage cheese,

if you don't shit well,

I'll hit you with a stick,

shit log!"

10. Women in the Czech Republic throw shoes over their heads to see if they'll get married in the upcoming year.

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If the shoe lands right-side up, facing a door, then marriage is in the future.

14. Sinterklaas and his valet, Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), parade through the streets of the Netherlands and give Children presents on December 6.

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Any child who misbehaves is hypothetically kidnapped by Pete and taken back to Santa's home in Spain.

16. Santa Claus doesn't visit children in Italy, but the witch La Befana does instead.

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La Befana apparently was alive during Jesus' birth, but couldn't be bothered to visit the child. In an act of penitence, today she still gives candy to good children throughout Italy.

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