The first thing that comes to mind when someone says ugly sweater is Christmas… Why is that?
There are many different types of ugly Christmas sweaters, there are ones with tinsel, fairy lights, and even ginormous bows. There are experts actually assigned for the job of telling you what kinds of ugly sweaters to wear on each day of Christmas, if you want to read more, click HERE!
What other kinds of weird Christmas traditions are there?
One of the by-far weirdest traditions of Christmas is Krampus day. Krampus originally had absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, just the time of the year, and Christmas was founded after Krampus was a thing. Krampus is a demon from hell, and was brought up by the gods to scare children that were naughty on the night before Christmas. He usually comes around December 5th, which is the day i'm writing this article! Go check out the original article I got all this information from! The link is right HERE! If you scare easily… proceed with caution!
What weird food traditions around the world are there on Christmas?
Australia: The most common food to have on Christmas is cold ham and turkey. Because of the hot weather year-round, Aussies compliment their cold ham and turkey with fresh seafood, and mince pie. For snacks, they munch on rum balls, gingerbread cookies, and Christmas pudding.
Peru: The main course in Peru is roast turkey, stuffed with ground beef… Sounds filling! The turkey is served with applesauce, and roast potatoes, for desert, its pantone, (Fruit cake) and a nice cup of sipping chocolate.
Japan: Who would want fast food for Christmas? Well, if you go to Japan, you’ll be eating some not-so-homecooked KFC! That’s right, in Japan, for Christmas you’ll be getting a bucket of warm, greasy chicken, served with a complimentary side of cake and champagne. But you will need to get in line about 5 hours before Christmas starts, because they’ll sell out fast!
And...The US: On Christmas in the US, there is a thing called a Turducken… It is a very fatty dish, basically it’s a chicken inside of a duck, inside of a turkey, disturbing, right? Or the second most popular thing to eat is ham, and roast beef. To go along with the meat, is corn, green beans, pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, and mince pie. Click HERE for the original article!
I hope this inspires you to try something new for dinner! Merry Christmas, and happy new year!
Story by Ciella Steury
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, a holiday favorite of families across the world, has recently been receiving backlash from parents and teachers for promoting bad themes. People have recently been called out for having bad themes about bullying. In the movie, Rudolph is chastised for his glowing red nose by his peers until he saves Christmas. Parents say that this movie is teaching kids that it is okay to bully people and tear people down for how they look or act. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is also a movie for kids and is played for most children when they are still young. Kids start basic comprehension after 9 months, this may seem early for comprehension to start. At 9 months the child's understanding is very acute but they can understand words like "no" and "bye-bye". Children start to remember things at age 3 when is the suggested age to be shown Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.
Common Sense Media says that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an "old-school, heartwarming classic for all ages." Common Sense says that the Christmas classic is for ages 3 and up which is when children begin to remember things. Common Sense says that " Rudolph's story has a great message, just be yourself, don't worry if you don't fit in, get the support of other "misfits," and you'll find that there's strength in numbers." It also says that parents should know that "Even the show's "scary" antagonist, the Abominable Snow Monster (or "Bumble"), seems harmless." Even though the movie has light-hearted animated characters and settings, the childhood favorite's themes are less than that. People that enjoy Rudolph’s tale may be old souls that don’t see the bullying piece. The movie was produced in the 1950’s when bullying was not understood as it is now. Another point that moviegoers make about the movie is that everyone's favorite, Santa, is downright mean. On multiple occasions, characters in the movie make rude comments towards Rudolph and people associated with him. In one scene Santa says that Donner, Rudolph's father, should be ashamed of himself referring to the fact that Rudolph is his kin. In another scene, the reindeers' coach encourages the other reindeer that were bullying Rudolph saying "from now on we just won't include Rudolph" which is simply heartbreaking for the poor reindeer to endure. This Christmas movie may be a classic and a merry tradition, but families watching the classic may want to find a movie with merrier themes.
By: Stella Coffee
Common Sense Media