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I’m happy to present this guest post by Amber Kingsley – a freelance writer and world traveller. Enjoy her exploration of holiday traditions from around the world! Enjoy! – Colleen
What pops in your head when you think of the winter holidays? Snow? Check. Red suited santas? Check. Pretty lights and Christmas-themed window design? Check. Cookies, grandma’s roast and sugary treats? Check, check, check!
But in some parts of the worlds, Christmas is a whole different story. Starting with food and ending with traditions, winter is really different.
So what are some of these strange ways?
Christmas tends to be a time to impress everybody with your cooking. Even if it takes you three days to get everything done. In Japan, people are taking a different route. A smart routine, maybe. Ordered in advance, KFC buckets are all the rage on Christmas and all because of a 1970s television ad.
It’s slogan, Kentucky for Christmas!, left an impression and 40 years later remains one of the strongest traditions. The majority of Japanese aren’t christian, but they have adopted the western version of Christmas which is also two days after the birthday of the emperor, a national Holiday. Read the rest of this entry »