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Most all world cultures have some variation of “magical man who brings gifts on Christmas.” America’s is Santa, which is the best one obviously, but it’s not the only one.
Published November 29, 2012 More Info »

Australia

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The Tasmanian Devil delivers officially licensed Tasmanian Devil jackets with leather sleeves and gives Tasmanian Devil tattoos to all the good boys and girls of Tasmania. This is why so many children in Australia wake up on Christmas morning with fresh Tasmanian Devil tattoos.

England

england.jpgThe English are basically Americans, except their pop culture is a little bit cheesier than ours. Instead of American Bandstand, they had Top of the Pops. Instead of Elvis, they had Cliff Richard. And instead of Santa Claus they have Cliff Richard also. Every Christmas morning, good English boys and girls can expect to find on their lorrie lift (the English term for “dinner table”) a large, piping hot bowl of White Mush, the official dish of England.

Ireland

ireland.jpgIreland doesn’t have Santa, because the population is both horribly depressed and Catholic, and so doesn’t entertain a lot of “childish hogwash.” The best thing Irish children can hope for on Christmas morning is the cherished myth of their Da both coming home, and coming home sober, and not beating Ma in front of them and their 13 filthy siblings.

Brazil

brazil.jpgA gorgeous, 22-year-old, completely nude model named Leticia is said to visit the good boys and girls of Brazil, and teach them the Lambada, which, every other day of the year, is a forbidden dance. (Bad boys and girls are visited by Leticia’s evil identical twin Natalia, who leads them in a samba.)

China

china.jpegLegend has it that good boys and girls will be paid a visit by Beloved Factory Supervisor, who will reduce their Christmas Day shift making Wii U consoles to just 19 hours.

Iceland

iceland.jpgA magical, flying pixie known as “Bjork” delivers presents to the good boys and girls of Iceland. This Christmas character happens to be completely real, and actual does deliver the presents, personally, because only 14 families live in Iceland. It takes Bjork two hours, three at the most.

Canada

canada.pngIn this socialist stronghold in which the government controls all aspects of life, there is no Santa Claus or equivalent. Instead, the state issues gifts to its citizens each year. This year, all Canadians, whether they are good or bad, will receive a Wii U and a Chapters Read-Aboot, the Canadian equivalent of a Kindle or Nook.

Mexico

mexico.jpgIn the folk tradition, El Santa wears a horrifying mask, and children leave out clay bowls of spice milk and carnitas in the hope that he will bring them terrible folk toys like rag dolls and get-the-ball-in-the-cup.

Las Vegas

lasvegas.jpgThe giggling ghost of Liberace leaves good boys and girls handfuls of rhinestones.

Flatbush

flatbush.jpgThe grunting ghost of Sylvester Stallone leaves good boys and girls VHS copies of Rhinestone.

 

Africa

bono.jpgBono.

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