It's getting closer to Christmas, which means indulging in kissing under mistletoe, putting up stockings for Santa, and threatening small children with coal if they've been bad. Some Christmas traditions can sound super creepy if you've never encountered them before — but in comparison to some of the ways in which people have celebrated the holiday in the past, we're an extremely mild and normal bunch. Who's going to get upset about turkey recipes or who's collecting the wrapping paper when they could be serenading a boar's head or warding away witches?
The "modern" Christmas as we know it is compiled from disparate traditions that, in some cases, stretch back hundreds of years, from the use of Christmas trees to celebrate (a practice beloved by the Vikings) to mistletoe on the doorways (which dates back to "kissing boughs" from the early Middle Ages). In some cases, old traditions still linger or might be making a comeback, but in other, slightly more absurd or disgusting cases they might be best left in the past. I'm pretty sure nobody would welcome you showing up to their house on the day after Christmas with a dead bird while singing and demanding money to bury it — so don't get any ideas.