Christmas is celebrated all around the world in many different ways, from in our eyes the traditional to the oddball ones like a Christmas Log that Poops Presents, in Catalonia, Spain, which I will talk more about later, is is celebrated in some way in almost every country, from South Africa to Ukraine.
The tradition of hitting a log until it poops presents is fro Catalonia Spain. In spanish the tradition is called Caga Tio which means pooping log. The tradition starts on December 8th when the log gets put next to the fire place with a blanket over it and treated as a pet. It is fed every day in hopes it grows bigger. Over the rest of the month the parents swap out the log with consecutively bigger ones until it is fully grown by Christmas day. On christmas day they gather around it and try to get it to poop its presents by sining a song which goes like this, "Poop log, poop candy! If you don't poop well, I'll hit you with a stick. Poop log!" The kids then start to hit the log with sticks until the presents fall out which commonly consist of Turon nougat candy, coins and little toys. This is by far the weirdest tradition that I have ever heard of it is a little creepy to me because they treat it as a pet for about a month then they hit it with sticks.
On Nantucket there is a tradition of an elf, like the ones in the picture, which hides in the house. It starts to be hidden on the 1st of December and hides all they way up to Christmas. Each night the kids get a piece of candy and every fifth day the kids get a little something bigger like a cookie or a candy cane. I do this tradition and this year I have started to hide him for my brothers or parents to find. We have the elf on the right and we have been doing it for a few years now.
The next tradition is a tradition that started in about 1880 in Germany. It started when Woolsworth stores started to sell glass ornaments shaped like fruits and vegetables. The tradition has a few stories from which it can from but the most likely one is that the owner had extra pickles and made up the legend of the pickle ornament. The legend say that the pickle ornament is the last one to be put on the trees. Then the kid who found the ornament got an extra present under the tree. We also do this tradition my dad is the one who always puts the pickle on the tree and we often find it when we are still decorating. The pickle is surprisingly hard to find because it is a clear green ornament on a green tree.
Boxing day is a tradition which is celebrated in Holland, England, Australia and other European countries. Boxing day is the day after christmas. On this day the wealthier people who likely got more presents repackage a present or two and give them to the poor. This holiday started over 800 years ago when churches would collect items all year and give them to the poor that day. Another way that it started was the owners of a big house would, on the day after christmas, give their servants the day off and give them a repackaged gift.
In New Zealand they don't decorate a ever green tree, because it is the summer in December and all the flowers are in bloom, so instead they decorate a pohutukawa tree as seen in the picture. Needless to say the tree they decorate a tree that big. This tradition may not be around longer due to some of the obvious inconveniences of having a tree in the house.
If you have any traditions that you do and would like me to research some more on just post them in the comments and i will try to get to them.