World's Strangest Holiday Traditions

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Joseph Connors, taken at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Evil spirits, bonfires, and KFC are essential parts of holiday traditions around the world.

Spider Webs, Ukraine

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This tradition harks back to a fairy tale in which spiders decorated the tree of a family too poor to afford proper yuletide ornaments. The rising sun on Christmas morning makes the tree sparkle and glisten in the same manner as modern lights and tinsel. Nowadays, Ukrainian Christmas trees are covered in spider webs made from various materials including crystal, paper, metal, and plastic.

World's Strangest Holiday Traditions

Spider Webs, Ukraine

This tradition harks back to a fairy tale in which spiders decorated the tree of a family too poor to afford proper yuletide ornaments. The rising sun on Christmas morning makes the tree sparkle and glisten in the same manner as modern lights and tinsel. Nowadays, Ukrainian Christmas trees are covered in spider webs made from various materials including crystal, paper, metal, and plastic.

Joseph Connors, taken at Houston Museum of Natural Science [1] [1] http://www.hmns.org
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