Scary Christmas

December 26, 2014 at 4:09 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , )

rtdYou might think frightening tales about Christmas like the ones in Return to Dethlehem are a modern thing, but stories about Christmas monsters have been a long standing tradition. Here are several examples of yuletide nasty beasties that I managed to dig up when I went looking:
1. Baboushka (La Befana)
2. Belsnickel
3. Frau Perchta
4. Grýla (mother of Yule Lads) and husband, Leppalúði
5. Hans Trapp
6. Jólaköttur(inn) (The Yule Cat)
7. Kallikantzaros
8.Krampus
9. Mari Lwyd (the Christmas Zombie Horse)
10. Père Fouettard (Papa Whip)
11. Servant Rupert
12. Straggele
13. Tomte(n)
14. Yule Lads (Sheep-Cote Clod, Gully Gawk, Stubby, Spoon Licker, Pot Scraper, Bowl Licker, Door Slammer, Skyr Gobbler, Sausage Swiper, Window Peeper, Door Sniffer, Meat Hook, Candle Beggar – From the poem The Yuletide Lads by Jóhannes úr Kötlum. )
15. Zwarte Piet (Black Peter)

And here are a few blogs regarding these monsters as reference:

http://scarylittlechristmas.wordpress.com/
http://www.fright.com/edge/scary_facts_about_christmas.htm
http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/non-fiction/articles/the-myths-and-legends-behind-christmas/
http://www.thjodminjasafn.is/english/for-visitors/christmas/other-christmas-characters/

So have a merry scary Christmas and keep an eye out for things that go bump in the night.

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