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These wacky Christmas celebrations are worth packing your ugly sweater for.
Maybe it’s the spiked punch or just a hearty helping of festive cheer, but Christmas tends to bring out wacky celebrations. Across the U.S., elves gather en masse, Santa rappels down a 535-million-year-old “chimney,” and revelers give traditional holiday meals regional spins—all in the name of the merriest holiday. Here are 10 unusual Christmas celebrations worth packing your ugly sweater for.
The largest gathering of Santa’s elves—1,762—was in Bangkok in 2014. Not to be outdone, Mobile, Alabama, has taken a run at this Guinness Book of World Records mark every year since. Although the record has remained elusive, that doesn’t stop more than a thousand elves from gathering for Elfapalooza each December in the city’s historic city park, Bienville Square, for the official count, followed by the city’s Artwalk.
Other towns have Santa pub crawls, but that wasn’t enough for Crested Butte. Instead, the Colorado ski town leveled up to set the informal world record for the most skiing Santas with its annual Crested Butte Santa Ski Crawl. Each December, the red Santa-suit bedecked skiers and snowboarders gather mid-mountain at the Ice Bar for a group photo before some 750 Santas head down the mountain together. In 2014, après ski, they gathered for a dance party to the song, “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” Because, why not?
While Trump and Putin met for a summit in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday morning, a message about climate change was hung from a church by an environmental activist group.
En promedio, 37 niños mueren anualmente al ser olvidados dentro de un auto.
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