Bonkers Origins Of 32 Holiday Traditions

Bonkers Origins Of 32 Holiday Traditions

Is there anything more comforting than spending a holiday with your loved ones, celebrating in your own unique way? Every family has its own set of traditions that they follow each and every year. Whether it's making the same dish, watching the same movie, or simply gathering around the fireplace, these traditions are what make a holiday feel special. What are your favorite family traditions? The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and fun. It's also a time for traditions. Every family has its own set of traditions that they celebrate each year. Whether it's watching the same movie on Christmas eve or opening gifts on Christmas morning, these traditions are what make the holiday season special.

Do you ever wonder where our favorite holiday traditions come from? Why do we do the things we do during the holidays? Well, it turns out that a lot of our traditions have pretty bonkers origins.

While most holiday traditions seem pretty innocent at first glance, they actually have some pretty wild and bizarre origins stories. Today we'll take a look at 32 such traditions and explain how exactly they became traditions.

Read on to learn more!

Gingerbread Houses CRACKED.COM Queen Elizabeth I is credited with the idea of decorating gingerbread men, but gingerbread houses originated in 16th century Germany. They were either directly inspired or popularized by the story of Hansel and Gretel.


Santa's Reindeer CRACKED COM The Night Before Christmas in 1822 kick-started the lore. But, in 1926, businessman Carl Lomen, tried to mass-market reindeer meat by working with Macy's to create a parade featuring Santa and his (tasty) reindeer.


Christmas carols were traditionally about being drunk The first (English) written mention of carols were in 1426, but it wasn't until the Victorian era that Christmas carols started being associated with the church over the pub. So if you really want to honor the tradition, get wasted and join in at karaoke at a bar. CRACKED.COM



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