• Some Japanese celebrate Christmas with a trip to KFC
  • In Norway they hide broomsticks
  • In the US people like to dress up as Santa and go on a pub crawl

At LV= we love Christmas, and here in the UK we have a certain idea of what a traditional Christmas is all about. But look further afield and you’ll find some unique customs that are very different to some of the rituals we carry out in the UK.

We've chosen ten countries from around the world to find out how they spend the festive season.

Norway - Norwegians hide their brooms on Christmas Eve because bad witches have a penchant for stealing them at this time of the year and causing mischief.

Greece - In the 12 days following Christmas, the Killantzaroi – an evil species of goblin – turn up to wreak havoc. Greeks keep a fire burning during this period to keep them away.

Austria - Continuing with the scary theme, Austrians gets dressed up as the beast Krampus to give kids a spook. In legend it would tell off children for being naughty.

Germany - Nothing quite says Christmas than a pickle hidden in a tree! These days they tend to be made out of glass, but many Germans still opt for the real thing. Find it first and you get a small gift.

India - Christmas is a small event in India – the bulk of the population belong to Hindu and Muslim faiths – but those that do celebrate may decorate mango or banana trees.

Japan - Christmas is more a commercial event in Japan, which is why, thanks to a brilliant campaign in 1974, a trip to KFC on Christmas Eve has become a family tradition.

China – Like in Japan, Christmas is not a public holiday in China. Thanks to globalisation, it is growing in popularity and is characterised by the giving of apples as gifts.

South Africa - On Christmas Day, South Africans will tuck into deep-fried caterpillars. Don't worry, the rest of the day's grub is routine.

Ethiopia - Christmas Day is celebrated on January 7th in Ethiopia because the country still follows the Julian calendar. Simple white clothing is also worn.

US - Particularly popular with the younger adult generation, The Running of the Santas is a seasonal pub crawl. In short, you dress up as Santa and drink in various bars.