10 Christmas Traditions With Origins That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

We’ve put together a great article of 10 Christmas traditions that have a bit of an odd beginning to them.

The holidays are times of many traditions, from the decidedly religious and solemn, such as the lighting of ceremonial Hanukah candles, to the totally secular, such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day football rivalries. However, other traditions and practices of the season are decidedly from the fringe (which can also be read: “straight up weird”).

This is an equal opportunity look at just what the hell is behind some of our most cherished Christmas traditions, even though the truth will make you wonder just what was going on back in the day…

Here are 10 popular Christmas traditions with origins that leave you scratching your head.

10.) The Yule Log

The burning of the Yule log is one Christmas tradition nobody really know its origin


A Christmas tradition of which its origin cannot be verified but common in Europe, the Yule tree involves you burning a big log of wood for the 12 days of Christmas.

The Yule Log – a great way to achieve A) nothing, as large logs are near impossible to light, or B) burning your house down on Christmas Eve. This is yet another tradition that seems to have no specific wellspring.

Allowing for the fact that fire is a good way to make a home warmer in the winter, the specific tradition of lighting a Yule Log still makes no sense, in that the “proper” size for a Yule Log is about equivalent to the thigh of a pachyderm. That means you either better have a really, really big fireplace, or you better go with Ye Olde Duraflame and just pretend. Or go a step farther and pretend with that 24-7 “Burning Fire Channel” on TV!

Without the absence of mechanical tools to help cut and lift and do such a crazy job, you will imagine why to go through all that stress to do such profitless labor where smaller twigs will easily do the job.