December 25, 2012 | By Francis Whittaker
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Norway: Hiding brooms



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Norway: Hiding brooms

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.

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