He Certainly Isn’t Your Hallmark Santa Claus…

During one of the posts last week, I briefly mentioned an interesting story involving St. Nicholas and The Pickled Boys. While that story was probably the least Christmasy thing you would associate with Saint Nicholas, it isn’t the only unusual story behind the jolly old man. While doing research for these Christmas posts I ended up coming across a few more interesting stories that I thought you might like to hear.

The Tale Of Two Witches

While researching my previous post about Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht, I was surprised to learn that there are a couple of Christmas or Yule witches in Europe. The two main witches I came across were as different as night and day. Reading their stories made me think of the line from Wizard of Oz “Are you a good witch or are you a bad witch?”

Santa Claus’ Demonic Friends

One of the extremely interesting traditions I came across was the folklore around Krampus. Outside of a really bad horror movie by the same that came out a few years ago (and I refuse to watch), I hadn’t really heard of Krampus before.

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