Marco Polo’s 24 Holiday traditions from around the world – Day 7: Norway hiding all brooms on Christmas Eve

It’s Day 7 of our Advent Calendar and today we are headed to Norway to find out why it is important to do your Christmas cleaning on time. Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check it out here!

 

NORWAY HIDING BROOMS ON CHRISTMAS EVE

In Norway you’ll want to do your Christmas cleaning long before the Christmas Eve because on the night of the Christmas every smart  (or superstitious, depending on who you ask) Norwegian will hide all the brooms in the house. December is the darkest time of the year and in Norway it’s a long-held belief that mischievous spirits and witches roam the lands during the period. This is of course bad news for all the broom-owners, because the witches will be lurking about looking to steal a broom for their traditional Christmas night-ride.

Even if you are not in Norway, it may be a good idea to put the cleaning aside for the night, hide the brooms and just enjoy the time of the year with your family and loved ones. After all, Christmas witches exist in other parts of the world as well, remember la Befana?

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