One of the joys of Christmas is that it's more or less a global holiday. No matter where you travel to, there are telltale signs of holiday cheer. But though the spirit of the season seems to be present all over the world, very few traditions find themselves repeated throughout the globe. Here are some of the more unique traditions you should know about when travelling this December!
You may think that Christmas is best celebrated with a roast pig or a whole turkey—but in Japan, it's a little different! Families of the island nation celebrate the holidays with fried chicken, more specifically with KFC.
Japan is mostly a secular country, and Christians are considered a minority. Yet, there is one person that has managed to capture the imaginations of Japanese families celebrating Christmas eve: the Colonel. Though there are conflicting theories as to how KFC became a Christmas tradition, many point to the successful marketing campaign of KFC in Japan, advertising "Kentucky for Christmas" in the early 1970s, when the country's economy was only beginning to boom. It positioned fried chicken as a luxurious American Christmas tradition that many families aimed to try for themselves. Of course, we can't blame them: who doesn't love the Colonel's secret recipe with 11 herbs and spices? Next time you're in Japan for Christmas, consider ditching the sushi and queueing up for a party bucket for your family.