Have you heard of the Christmas demon?

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Christmas Can Be Creepy

This time of year can be especially stressful, right? There’s money to spend, cards to mail, gifts to wrap and places to go. Sometimes, you want to shout out, “STOP,” then go for a long winter’s nap.

Christmas is loaded with Pagan rituals, mixed in with Catholic and Christian messaging to fit the masses. Most of it comes from a dark, dank place — only where the imagination likes to hide and play tricks on you from time to time.

No, I’m not going into a history of Christmas or Yule. Although, as a writer, I’m fascinated by it all, I’m going to touch upon something even more sinister: Christmas demons. These are beings that took their place in history, and are making quite the comeback.

Have you been naughty? We’ll see…

KRAMPUS: Mostly celebrated on the night of December 5, known as Krampusnacht, this European beast crawled his way back into our lives most recently. Said to be the evil twin of St. Nick (celebrated on December 6), this partial beast, partial demon trolls his way from household to household looking for naughty children. He sometimes beats them with birch branches, and others, if he’s truly in the mood, will skip the beating altogether and drag the little souls to the underworld. Talk about a rude awakening…

JOLAKOTTURINN: You haven’t heard of the Christmas cat? Oh, my. This Icelandic feline is like Krampus, in the sense that he punishes misbehaved children. If a good child finishes his work, he will be rewarded with nice, new clothes on Christmas morning. However, you can spot a naughty child from a mile away, as they won’t have anything to unwrap on a joyous holiday morning. Jolaktturinn is said to eat children, or they also may be sacrificed if they’re just…you know, extra.

NISSE: All the way from Norway, this (not so) jolly troll assists farming families across the countryside. He may look sweet and adorable, until he’s not fed…a bowl of porridge with butter on Christmas morning. Families whose children trick this little being will be punished. How so, you ask? Nisse kills the family’s prize cow. Talk about dramatic…

GRYLA: This ogress is the mother of all Yule Lads, trolls who reward good children during the Christmas season, and cause harm to those who aren’t so well behaved. In Icelandic folklore, you really don’t want to piss this mistress off; she’ll come down from her mountainous slumber, steal your children, then boil and eat them as a snack. Mmm, boiled, misbehaved child.

What’s your favorite Christmas demon folklore? Merry Christmas!

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