The World’s Wackiest Christmas Traditions Make Santa Claus Look Boring by Comparison

The winter holidays are definitely what you make of them, and nothing amps up the feeling of charm and good will better than a fun tradition or two. Case in point: These weird and wonderful Christmas traditions from around the world. To be fair, “weird” is relative; they’re only unusual if you haven’t grown up with them being a part of your celebrations. There’s no denying their wonderfulness, though, so come on in and get your holiday cheer on.

British online furniture retailer Fads did a little research about some of the most unique holiday traditions in the world — and even better, they assembled 10 of them into a handy, hilarious, and positively delightful infographic. My favorites? Definitely the first two on the list. First off, Sweden’s gift-delivering goat makes for a significantly more entertaining mental image than a dude in a red suit making his way down your chimney — and second, why would you ever need something like the Elf on the Shelf when you’ve got the caganer in the house?

Speaking of the caganer, here’s a little background info for you: No one really knows how the tradition of placing a statue of a tiny man defecating in the nativity scene first started; according to the Latin Post, though, it can be dated back to the early 18th century. He’s not just for the humor value, either — he’s a good luck charm. May the upcoming year be as… er, productive for you all as the holiday season is for the caganer.

Check out the full infographic below. Happy holidays!

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Image: Fads via Visual.ly