In Iceland, Christmas is observed the evening of December 24. The day before that, there is a pre-Christmas tradition that some daring folks observe: Eating rotten fish.
One day a year, folks get together and eat putrid skate, accompanied by bread, potatoes and little else.
Throughout the country, wives, husbands and even entire apartment buildings forbid the practice. Few restaurants cook it.
“They say that if you cook it in a house, then you will have to paint the house afterward - or move to another house to get rid of the smell,” said iReporter Halldor Sigurdsson.
Sigurdsson is the only one in his house who appreciates the fetid fish ritual.
“The wife got a veto vote and, on this, she used it and said, 'No!' That is why I go like a refugee to the garage in a small town just north of Reykjavik to get my rotten fish.”
The owners of an automotive garage, in the town called Mosfellsbaer, cook the rancid fish - and every willing body is welcome.
“Many do not come - and will not, cannot and will never be - close to this fish,” Sigurdsson said.