Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:15:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Christmas traditions around the world

Norway: Hiding brooms

Norway: Hiding brooms (© Getty Images)
  • Norway: Hiding brooms (© Getty Images)
  • Venezuela: Roller skating to Mass (© Getty Images)
  • Ukraine: Spiders and webs (© Getty Images)
  • Czech Republic: Shoe throwing (© Maciej Toporowicz, NYC/Getty Images)
  • Austria: The Krampus (© REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)
  • Catalonia: Caganer (© REUTERS/Albert Gea)
  • Catalonia: Caga Tió (© Volanthevist/Getty Images)
  • Italy: La Befana (© REUTERS/Daniele La Monaca)
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Norwegian legend has it that when Christmas Eve comes, it brings with it all manner of evil spirits and witches. As such, it's customary for households in Norway to hide all their brooms before bedtime lest any hags get their gnarled hands on them. Meanwhile, the gallant men in the family will bravely venture outside to fire a shotgun into the air to ward off the spirits.