• CitizenKong@lemmy.world
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    7 months ago

    Pretty sure that’s Krampus. (Evil counterpart to Saint Nick in Southern German folklore, punishing bad children while Saint Nick is giving presents to the good ones.)

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      7 months ago

      I’d love that kind of punishment. Be carried around in a basket and go down a slope in a sleigh, screaming with a childish glee I’ve not felt in decades.

      Yeah that would be nice.

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      Yo, I keep meaning to watch that clearly wack-ass Krampus movie, from a few years ago. I get the feeling it’s one of those so-bad-it-was-actually-pretty-entertaining kind of flicks.

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        7 months ago

        Wait then why are the kids so happy

        Krampus taking them to where the bad girls are.

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      7 months ago

      Krampus is not “evil counterpart” to Saint Nick, it has origins from time before the curse of Christianity got to us

      Same goes to Joulupukki (Finnish for Yule goat, or Santa more recently)

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        7 months ago

        It’s true, although this “modern” form of the Krampus goes back to the 16th century, so it has plenty of tradition as well. But yes, the Krampus was likely a pre-Christian tradition of frightening away evil winter ghosts with a monstrous figure. So actually quite similar to Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve/Halloween.

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      Historically, Santa was a devil figure in Finland.

      The original character Nuttipukki was an evil spirit that would go from door to door demanding presents and leftovers from the yule feast.

      It later turned into Joulupukki which gave gifts instead of taking them.

      Eventually that turned into the classic Coca-Cola Santa, but you can still find goats as Christmas decoration in Finland and Sweden.

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    7 months ago

    “Sleigh Ride to Hell” should be the Christmas version of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

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      7 months ago

      Sleigher - Reigndeer blood
      Santhrax - Random acts of senseless kindness
      Seasonica - Master of Gnomes
      Xmas Maiden - Number of the Claus