I was never dressed in a bear suit as a child. I believe they do this in the rural areas where they are more traditionals.
I grew up in the city. For Christmas we were dressed all nice at school then some one dressed as Santa Claus sits in a chair, we went to sit on his lap. Asked us if we were good this year, asks what we want and then gives sweets
Well, if this makes you sad. Just think in every Christmas its tradition to slaughter a pigs throat. There are 4 people holding the pig with some strings attacked to their paws. Then one person cuts the pigs throat. And they scream and scream.
After they proceed to skin it (the whole family) and then cuts it into pieces. And they do this all in the house garden, in the open.
All balkan does this. Or at least, Hungary and Serbia does this too in the same way.
But now for law you have to call some one, if you don't posses a weapon, to kill the pig due to crudely reasons
I witness quite a few as a kid.