We are accustomed to so many traditions and because of that we tend to believe that they came from our ancestors without having a second thought about this. Here are some “American” Christmas traditions that aren’t American at all!
Leaving milk and cookies for Santa is actually from Norse mythology
According to History.com, the legend is that the Norse god Odin had an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir, who kids would leave treats for in hopes that Odin would favor them with gifts in return.
The tradition gained fame in America during the Great Depression, when parents tried to make children understand the importance of being grateful for anything they might receive on Christmas.