Reaffirming once again that it's your party, you can do what you want to...
Dressed in bizarre straw outfits with strapped-on cowbells and furs, their faces covered with devilish masks, traditional "Buttnmandl" runners shout and make noise to frighten people in the village of Bischofswiesen, in southern Bavaria. The pre-Christmas custom aims to protect against evil spirits in the darkest time of the year. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)
Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet, right, arrive on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005. Sinterklaas is a Dutch tradition celebrated on December 5 each year, and he is accompanied by his helper Zwarte Piet who puts naughty children in his large bag to teach them a lesson. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Firefighters clear the smoking remains of the giant straw goat in the town of Gavle, Sweden. Vandals set fire to the goat Saturday night, police said, an event that has happened so frequently it has almost become a Christmas tradition. It was the 22nd time that the goat had gone up in smoke since merchants began erecting it to mark the holiday season. (AP Photo/Jimmy Wixtrom )