In Norway, every year, we watch this bizarre Czechoslovakian film from 1973, called "tre notter til askepott", "three nuts to Cinderella". The entire thing is dubbed by one single guy, who is infamous for his falsetto, which he uses whenever he is dubbing a female in the film
Here's the entire thing, with the dub.
What weird-ass unexplainable traditions does your country have regarding christmas? Do you have any guess as to why you do them?
At least you won't have to listen to
for the entire thing
Obligatory "you don't shoot it?"-joke.
We wait until the new year to set the trees out around here, and then someone comes around and collects them. Not having set your tree out for more than (I think) 4 weeks means bad luck or something.
A lot of families have a game where the kids try to find a pickle hidden in the tree in order to win an extra present.
Every American family usually has at least one weird tradition...my family drinks a bunch of glug and this one beer called 'Edmund Fitzgerald' and then plays scattergories. My cousins make their 9 person family into a bluegrass band and play bluegrass versions of rock songs like shit by MGMT and Red Hot Chili Peppers. My girlfriend's family makes 100 tamales with some weirdass mexican shit and then goes to the movie theater on christmas day. My brother's girlfriend's family dumpster dives for broken snowmobiles, spends december repairing them, and then they race them on christmas day.
I know a couple of muslims who work 12 hour workdays on christmas eve and christmas day in order to make a bunch of overtime cash
We watch a Disney christmas special called "from all of us to all of you".
We watch this.
I'm sure fellow czechbros will attest that I am in fact not kidding.
The Great Escape is a big Christmas movie in the uk for some raisin
An old dutch christmas classic.
IMDB description: Bumble the Bear (Olivier Bommel) finds an egg that, it turns out, has a cute little dragon in it. However, this dinosaur grows huge every time it is upset. As this causes a lot of problems, Ollie Bommel has to face a difficult dilemma.
Its Comfy to the max!
We watch this.
We watch this:
We quiz it instead
The adults always win and the kids got whiny
Due to that I spent large amount of times reading about everything so I could win
I believe it's a secret family strategy to create autistic children
We also watch Love Actually on Christmas Eve. There is also a game on Christmas Day after dinner where we have to guess the person we are designated as once another puts a piece of paper on our forehead with the name on it.
Before dinner we go to the pub.
we used to watch "christmas holiday" on day before christmas, also watched home alone. three nuts to cinderella when I was younger.
>celebrating holidays on the day of the holiday, not the eve of the holiday
>celebrating christmas on the 25th
Czech TVs every year broadcast this
and Russian fairytale Jack Frost Морозко (Mrazík in Czech) although it's more related to our New Year lately for whatever reason (Russian Christmas?)
Some more that are on Czech TVs around every Christmas but not necessarily popular for majority
this one or both first and second
Jingle All the Way
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
and Czech movie Pelíšky (Cosy Dens) which is comedy with bitter end.
But what's quite rare is that there is one ad for non-alcoholic beverage that everyone wants to see from 2004. The ad is so popular that people are begging the company to show it. The product is Czech alternative to CocaCola called Kofola.
There's nothing really special about it. It's just cute and contains subtle humor. When you see it for the first time you know the Christmas are coming.
Not really sure about this one. Never occurred to me. They broadcast a lot of romantic stuff around Christmas (Love Actually, ...) and this is not just on Christmas or it's not really connected with Christmas unlike Tři oříšky pro Popeplku, Sám doma and Mrazík.
as fortune telling
-Slicing apples. If your sliced apple has 5 points you'll be healthy and have luck in next year.
-Candles on nutshells as ships in water. The longer your ships stays afloat the longer and happier your life will be.
-Releasing the Christmas meal fish to give it a gift of life - effectively killing already half-dead carp (typical Czech Christmas fish species) by releasing it in cold river/pond instead of eating it. Some families buy two. One to kill and eat and one to just kill by the release.
-Parents having an huge argument - luckily our family was spared from this tradition but it's heavily popular
Few more and shitload of local and family-specific.
We're pretty vanilla here.
Only thing we do that's out of the ordinary is set our pudding on fire.