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(Update, 12/19 at 11:30 a.m.: Congratulations to Chris Schramm for being randomly selected to win a pair of tickets to Friday’s Every Time I Die show. Thanks to all who entered as well.)

Some holiday traditions involve decorative stockings, festive candy-cane-shaped cookies or—slightly more morbid—Austria’s inclusion of the Krampus. (Frankly, it’s a real-life “hide yo’ children” moment).

Other traditions are more particular, as After Dark Entertainment’s annual celebration revolves around a performance by Buffalo-born band Every Time I Die.

For the ninth straight year, Every Time I Die will draw hardcore revelers to downtown Buffalo—but the yearly gathering has become so popular that it’s expanded beyond just one show.

At 6 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Every Time I Die will be joined by letlive. and the Code Orange Kids on a bill at Waiting Room.

Tickets are $20 in advance for each show—you can purchase them here—or $25 at the door.

After Dark has graciously showered us with a pair of free tickets to us for the Friday night show, which we’ll kindly give away in the comment section below by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Here’s the question:

**What’s the strangest holiday tradition you’ve ever heard of?** (If you can’t think of one, just Google it. We’re not trying to make this hard).

ETID still boasts three of its original members—brothers Keith and Jordan Buckley as well as Andy Williams—from 1998, and currently also include bassist Stephen Micciche and drummer Ryan Leger.

The band is a draw not only because of its local roots, but also because of the energy of its live show. The video embedded below acts as fair warning not to stage-dive—or at least to choose your ventures wisely—but it’s also a good indicator of the pseudo-controlled chaos of an ETID show.

That is MMA fighter Josh Barnett twirling an ambitious fan around on stage before casually tossing him back into the crowd. The post-dross air drum doesn’t make Barnett look too cool, but I wouldn’t say that to his face, of course.

Every Time I Die last released an album in 2012 with “Ex Lives,” which you can preview and-or purchase here on iTunes.

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  1. Josh Kruk December 17, 2013 @ 12:04pm

    It’s a new “tradition” but the Chtuken, a nautical themed and insane over the top replacement for the terducken, is both kinda gross and incredible.  This should be a new tradition in places.  Here’s a look:  http://cdn.themis-media.com/media/global/images/library/deriv/647/647986.jpg

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  2. Chris Schramm December 17, 2013 @ 12:42pm

    Most catholic’s attend a Christmas mass for the holiday, and in Caracas Venezuala it’s no different..except for the fact that they use roller skates to get there!! Between the 16th and 24th of December the roads are closed in the early mornings for cars or busses. The only people on the roads are skaters headed to church. Weird.

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  3. alison pieroni December 17, 2013 @ 1:03pm


    Jólakötturinn is the Yule Cat or Christmas Cat. He is not a nice cat. He might eat you! See, in many Icelandic families, those who finished all their work on time receive new clothes for Christmas; those who were lazy did not (although this is mainly a threat). To encourage children to work hard, their parents told the tale of the Yule Cat, saying that Jólakötturinn could tell who the lazy children were because they did not have at least one new item of clothing for Christmas, and they would be sacrificed to the Yule Cat. This reminder tends to spur children into doing their chores! A poem written about the cat ends with a suggestion that children help out the needy, so they, too, can have the protection of new clothing. It’s no wonder that Icelanders put in more overtime at work than most Europeans.

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  4. Lindsey Junge December 17, 2013 @ 2:56pm

    Spain’s Caganer:

    A male figurine with his pants rolled down mid-squat. Just what is this guy up to? Well, his activity is revealed when you translate his name - the defecator. Yes, this fella is in the midst of delivering a ‘number two’ in a far corner of the manger. Folklore says that farmers would be punished with a poor crop harvest and bad fortune if they didn’t include a caganer within their nativity scene. Today, the tradition continues with Christmas markets selling old school caganers alongside new versions that feature famous faces such as footballers, rock stars and Barack Obama.

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  5. Jamie Griebner December 18, 2013 @ 12:51am

    You want a weird Christmas tradition? Aside from the one where my grandpa consistently calls me “Son” and tells me the same story 19 times after having two Blue Lights and eating the entire plate of cocktail weenies?

    How about how in Japan, an ACTUAL CHRISTMAS TRADITION is that they head to KFC for some fried chicken. 240k barrels of fried chicken will be sold in Japan on Christmas Day—almost as much as the amount of chicken sold by Popeyes on Elmwood to that drunk crying girl calling her ex-boyfriend for the 99th time.

    Actual quote from the article: “In Japan, Christmas equals KFC.” Ho ho ho.

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  6. Liver Phoenix December 18, 2013 @ 2:06pm

    What could be a stranger tradition than Festivus?

    The only reason it’s even a thing is because of “Seinfeld”, and yet, this year, Pabst Blue Ribbon, for whatever reason, went as far as installing a Festivus pole in the Florida State Capitol building.

    I mean, if PBR was going to put up a Festivus pole, why wouldn’t they put it up somewhere in Buffalo, instead of in some backwards, in-bred, mosquito-infested, joke of a state like Florida?!?

    Sorry. Just airing a grievance.

    Anyway, Festivus is pretty weird.

  7. Leah Fuerst December 18, 2013 @ 9:53pm

    Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan
    Traditional Christmas dinner among millions of Japanese—most of whom are not Christian—is not turkey or ham, but a bucket of KFC. This offbeat custom is the legacy of a 40-year-old marketing campaign wherein the fast-food chain successfully convinced would-be customers that fried chicken is the traditional American yuletide feast. During the run-up to Christmas, Colonel Sanders statues outside KFC’s Japanese outlets wear Santa gear, and the chicken is served in special holiday packaging.

  8. Steve Shero December 18, 2013 @ 10:03pm

    Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.

    Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore; however, its influence has spread far beyond German borders. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas Day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.