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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? Santa brings presents and places them under the lavishly decorated Christmas tree, there is the smell of delicious biscuits and everyone looks forward to spending time with their loved ones on the holidays. But are Christmas traditions the same in every country and how many Christmas clichés are actually true?
So much can be revealed: Christmas is not as peaceful and harmonious everywhere as it seems at first glance. So saddle up your reindeer and join us on a little trip that will take you to various countries with crazy Christmas traditions. In any case, no country should be without an Advent calendar to brighten up the run-up to Christmas. At the end of your trip, you can also look forward to some unusual gift ideas. Let's go!
Fancy some cool Christmas presents under the tree?
Then take some of Santa's chores off his hands! And who knows, maybe the bearded man with the reindeer sleigh will come to terms with a nice cup of winter punch? After all, Christmas is the festival of love - and what better way to express your affection for your loved ones than with a few gifts under the tree that will be remembered? We sweeten the time with your family and friends with the perfect gift ideas for young and old. Don't wait for the snow, click through our online shop now and discover cool Christmas gifts for teenagers, men and women.
Outlandish Christmas gifts that everyone needs
Because what we're most excited about is what we don't expect, right? What makes us smile and laugh, what helps us feel good and proves to our closest ones how much we like them. In our shop you can discover unique and creative Christmas gifts, such as our EMP Exclusive products. Ugly Christmas jumpers, T-shirts, dresses and many other Christmas outfits await you with unusual motifs that you can only get from us. So it's worth taking a look - "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime ..."
Great Christmas gifts don't just look good at Christmas time - our Christmas decorations are also eye-catchers during the winter Advent season! We have lots of unusual figurines, nerdy decorative items and cool Christmas baubles ready for you so that you can get into the Christmas spirit even before you put up your tree. Funny, unique and guaranteed never boring - beautiful Christmas gifts for boys and girls as well as adults can be ordered cheaply from us.
Funny Christmas gifts for Christmas nerds
Socks under the Christmas tree are a cliché at best? No way! With us, stockings are not unwrapped with an annoyed eye roll, but with a grinning face. Because in our online shop, boredom is buried under a thick layer of cinnamon and candy canes, chocolate Santas, biscuits and caramelised nuts. Simply and conveniently click through our range and discover lots of different clothes with nerdy prints and great extras based around your favourite film, series and game heroes.
Goblins, rocking Santa and Krampus are your thing? Then we have just the right winter outfits for you. So even the snow muffle among you can finally enjoy the festivities. Don't believe us? Then try out a few T-shirts, hoodies and dresses from our range and discover the cosiest days of the year in a different way ...
And what could be better suited to the contemplative time with candlelight and punch than a few super cosy jumpers? With us, you can get your Ugly Christmas Sweater just the way you like it. As part of your outfit or to give to your friends, Ugly Christmas Sweaters are not for normal people - so what are you waiting for? Travel with Grogu through the galaxy far, far away. Live through the scariest Christmas dreams with a Nightmare On Elm Street jumper. Destroy the One Ring at Frodo's side and explore the Infinite Vastness aboard the Enterprise. Whatever universe you love, we have the Ugly Christmas Sweater to match. You can buy these and many other funny gifts for Christmas at a great price.
Other countries, other Christmas traditions
In Austria, things can sometimes get pretty spooky at Christmas. Father Christmas does not come alone, but has a demonic accomplice in tow: the Krampus. According to popular belief, this scary figure with big horns and shaggy fur haunts all children who have not been good. In the course of time, however, the image of the Krampus has changed, and the sinister creature now enjoys a large fan base, and many Krampus parades with elaborate costumes take place throughout Austria, particularly in December.
In Germany, things don't get spooky at Christmas, but they do get a little bizarre: some Christmas trees have a cucumber hanging on them alongside glittering baubles and lots of tinsel. The tradition of the Christmas cucumber probably comes from the 20th century. Poor families with lots of offspring could not afford a present for every child. Therefore, only the child who first discovered the cucumber hidden in the Christmas tree received a little something. Even today, the cucumber is a nice reminder that we should be grateful for our gifts - even if once again there was only a pair of socks.
In Norway, calling Christmas the "most magical time of the year" takes on a whole new meaning: according to Norwegian folklore, Christmas Eve is the time of year when witches and ghosts get up to mischief. To keep witches from playing tricks, Norwegian families hide all the brooms in the house - and with them the means of transport for the unloved pests. Actually, we should all follow the Norwegians' example: leaving the broom and other cleaning utensils in the cupboard over the holidays sounds like a great plan!
Also as crazy as witches, is the fact that Father Christmas is not the centre of attention in all countries. In Ukraine, it is a tradition to hang a spider's web on the holidays. This custom goes back to an old Ukrainian folk tale: many small spiders decorated the house of a widow who - much to the regret of her children - could not afford any decorations. Sweden is also a beastly country. In the far north, it is not a gentleman with a white beard who brings the presents, but the Yule goat.
Christmas Fun Facts
Christmas sweaters or so-called Ugly Christmas Sweaters are without a doubt one of the best inventions since Santa's reindeer sleigh: they bring fun into the holidays, are super cosy and simply cult! There is now even a National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, various Ugly Christmas Sweater competitions and even XMAS Sweater Parties. The celebrated knitted jumpers are even available in a luxury version. In 2016, the first Ugly Christmas Sweater was sold for $30,000. Luckily, EMP's Christmas jumpers are cheaper, but simply priceless in terms of design and comfort.
By the way, the first artificial Christmas tree was invented in Germany in the 19th century and was not made of plastic, but of goose feathers dyed green.
Whether Christmas is really the time of harmony and love remains controversial. If statistics are to be believed, Christmas Eve and the two weeks leading up to Christmas are the most popular times of the year to break up with your partner.
Incredible but true: in Japan, a country where the percentage of the Christian population is about 0%, families go to KFC at Christmas as a tradition. This is mainly due to the "Kentucky for Christmas!" marketing campaign in 1947, which saw KFC offer a Christmas menu reminiscent of a traditional American holiday meal for the first time. Crazy, right?
Christmas gifts for the family
Every year it's the same thing: you rely on Father Christmas, Yule Goat and co. to take care of the presents, but find that once again you have to take everything into your own hands. Be it because you didn't submit your wish list in time or Santa's workshops are overloaded with gift production, as they are every year. But don't worry, luckily there's EMP. Here you'll find gifts for the whole family:
Original Christmas gifts
For all those who prefer to listen to "Hard Rock Hallelujah" instead of "Süßer die Glocken nie klingen", band clothes are the perfect gift. With a band shirt or an exclusive piece of clothing from the EMP Signature Collection, you'll make every music fan happy. You'll also find original gifts for film and gaming fans at EMP, whether it's clothing or the popular Funko Pop figures. By the way: our clothes are of course available in different sizes from S to 7XL.
Funny Christmas gifts
Ugly Christmas jumpers are pretty cool, but if you're looking for something a little more chic, you'll find it at EMP too. You'll find unusual clothing, shoes and accessories to match your style, whether it's gothic, streetwear or rockabilly. So you're guaranteed to stand out at the family party.
Since women are known not to appreciate the cold in the winter time, we have plenty of coats, jumpers and cardigans in stock for the girls, among other things, with which you can equip yourself against the cold. Men will certainly enjoy the warm hoodies, shirts and jackets. Some of the exclusive garments are only available from us and make perfect gifts for all frostbite sufferers and hobby polar explorers.
If you're looking for more original Christmas gifts and clothes, you'll find them here: