Ukraine: An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck. (Because it kills flies in Champagne!).
A traditional Christmas bread called 'kolach' is placed in the centre of the dining table. This bread is braided into a ring, and three such rings are placed one on top of the other with a candle in the middle of the top one. The three rings symbolize the Christian Holy Trinity.Ho Ho Ho
Canada: Father Christmas has his own personal zip code [postcode]; it is the alphanumeric number: H0H 0H0. (Ho-Ho-Ho) In this way people who write to Santa know that their letter will arrive safely. It has been his personal code since 1982 and this address receives some 1 million letters from all over the world each year. Apparently, each letter received will be answered in the same language in which it is written, which, on its own must be a mammoth task.
New Zealand: Santa's address in New Zealand is: Santa Claus Santa's Workshop The North Pole 0001. To contact Santa online go to www.nzpost.co.nz/christmas
Australia: Santa can be contacted at Santa Claus, North Pole 9999 and last year he received some 90,000 letters.
UK: Santa can be reached by including the following postcode: SAN TA1
USA: Towns in the United States with Christmassy names are: Santa Claus, Arizona and Indiana; Noel, Missouri and Christmas, Arizona and in Florida.
Venezuela: In Caracas, the capital, it is customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas Eve so that the people can roller-skate to church.
UK: It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction and each family member has a stir of the mix. Furthermore, a traditional Christmas dinner in medieval England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
Norway: on Christmas Eve all the brooms in the house are hidden because long ago it was believed that witches and mischievous spirits came out on Christmas Eve and would steal their brooms for riding.
Syria: Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men's camels.
Japan: Sending red Christmas cards to anyone in Japan constitutes bad etiquette, since funeral notices there are customarily printed in red.
Christmas in Korea: South Korea is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas with a national holiday.
For over 40 years the Swedish town of Gavle has erected a giant Goat made of straw to mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday season. Every year vandals do everything they can to burn down the goat before Christmas Day. People ingeniously disguise themselves as Santa Claus or elves to get past the guardians and ignite the straw monument. However, since 1966, the Straw Goat has survived until Christmas Day only 10 times.
The hiding of all brooms on Christmas Eve night is apparently a very old Norwegian tradition. In days gone by people believed witches and evil spirits come out on this night looking for brooms to ride on, so they hid them in the safest places possible. Nowadays, Norwegian women still hide their brooms, mops and brushes before going to sleep, while the men sometimes sneak out of the house and fire a shotgun to scare off the witches.
Germany used to hold "knocking Nights" [Kl÷pfelnachte] on the three Thursdays before Christmas. Traditionally children used to dress in masks, bang lids and clang cowbells as they walked through their neighbourhood knocking on doors, reciting a poem and receiving a treat in return.