Did you know about these?

By Real Simple
Updated December 12, 2017

The holidays are a time when everyone looks forward to his or her family’s special traditions—whether it’s going caroling, decorating the tree a certain way, taking an annual trip to a beloved destination…the list goes on and on. While you know your own family's cherished traditions, have you ever wondered about other people’s holiday traditions? Well, we’ve compiled a list of interesting ones from around the world. Some are so unique you might want to introduce them to your own family and friends.

For instance, did you know that Icelandic children leave a shoe on their windowsill to receive gifts in them from magical elves? Naughty kids only receive a potato in their shoe! And in Japan, you won’t find a baked ham or roast on the dining table on Christmas—you’ll find a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which has been a traditional meal for 40 years. Norwegians, on the other hand, have a superstitious and spooky Christmas Eve tradition—they hide their brooms for fear that witches and other evil spirits will come out that night.

Watch the video above to learn more about global holiday customs. Whatever your traditions are, they hold a special place in your heart and that’s what counts this holiday season, right?