5 festive sporting traditions from around the world
Christmas time is not all about eating too much, wearing awesome woolly jumpers, religion and family time, it's also the time of year where anything can become a tradition!
'We must go skating again, it's our Christmas tradition!' or 'Of course we'll play tag football today, it's Christmas!' - does this sound familiar? We've been looking all over the globe for fun sporting traditions for the festive season, from centuries old tradition to recent history in the making, we've got some top ideas for you to enjoy.
1. Silent Night
For 2 decades, Taylor University, Indiana, has played host to the Silent Night basketball game. The crowd must sit in silent suspense whilst the teams play the first 10 points. As soon as that 10th point is won, however, the crowd goes CRAZY!!
2. San Juan Hogueras Festival
The Saint's day of John the Apostle in Spain is celebrated each year on the 21st December. The festival is celebrated primarily in Granada and Jaén; the Spanish jump over bonfires [obligatary don't try this at home message!] to celebrate life and the defeat of illness. It is celebrated on the winter solstice and is a tradition that is older than Christmas itself!
3. Australian Beach Christmas
As all good Aussies know, Christmas is no time to be roasting chestnuts on an open fire - stick a turkey breast on that barbie and let it char!
This is a special shout out to users like Jane H who are sick to death of our 'brrrrrrr it's cold' festive attitude; beach Christmases involve all your favourite beach sports, Aussie rules footy, volleyball, surfing, you name it! Look out for some Aussie Christmas photos in the Festive Fitness Snaps Challenge.
4. Christmas Day Serpentine Swim
This is a tradition where the Australian summer would be a God send! The same waters which hosted the Olympic 10k swim this summer has been used for nearly 150 years for the annual Christmas day swim. The water temperature is usually around 1°C and wetsuits are seen as cheating!
We've caught up with some of these Serpentine swimmers to find out why they love cold water swimming - look for the blog post coming soon!
5. The Piñata
This Mexican game is a classic for a reason! Traditionally, Christmas piñatas will be star shaped and symbolise the star of Bethlehem. Whether you can hit a baseball out the park doesn't matter with a piñata - when you're blind folded and dizzy, a more useful skill would be to master the Stand on one leg with your eyes closed Challenge. Thanks go to Paris F for this festive tradition suggestion which combines hitting stuff with a stick and candy - we make that a win-win situation!
Share your favourite Christmas traditions in the We Love Christmas Tribe!
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