According to Greek folklore, these subterranean goblins come up to the surface once every year during the 12 days of Christmas. During the rest of the year they stay underground sawing away at the World Tree so that it will collapse and the Earth along with it. When they are just about to make their final cuts, however, Christmas comes around and they forget their original mission as they surface to terrorize humanity. After Christmas though, they return to their underground dwellings only to find that the tree has healed itself so they must begin their sinister work anew.
15. Spider Webs
In the Ukraine, Christmas trees have an extra decoration. Legend has it that a mother was so poor she couldn’t afford decorations for her tree. When she woke up on Christmas morning she found that spiders had decorated for her. For this reason, every Christmas Ukrainians add spider webs to their tennenbaums.
10. Broom Stealers
If you want to be able to clean up after the holidays in Norway you had better hide your brooms on Christmas Eve otherwise broom stealing witches might come to your house…and steal your brooms.
You’ve read our article about the25 of the strangest foods from around the worldthen maybe you’re already well versed in the eating habits of other cultures. This one really takes things to another level though. In Greenland, Christmas lunch usually consists of Auk (a type of bird) that has been wrapped in seal skin and buried for over half a year. Yum.