KFC: Japan's Groovy Christmas Tradition That Started In 1974

By Jacob Shelton
It's beginning to look a lot like Kurisumasu. Source: kfc.co.jp

Every year millions of Japanese families flood their local KFC locations to take part in the annual tradition of Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii: Kentucky for Christmas. In a country known for their obsession over pop culture this may sound like a fad, but this Christmas tradition has been bringing friends and family together every December 25 since the fast food company created the Kentucky Fried Christmas concept in 1974. Japan isn’t really a “Christmassy” place, but after the Colonel introduced the idea of a family gathering around a bucket of original recipe this island of cultural connoisseurs found the Christmas spirit.