An abbot spends Christmas surrounded by outlaws in the dark forest, so he can listen to mysterious, otherworldly music. A farm has a fun Christmas tradition where employees end up dead on Christmas morning. It must be the holidays in Swedish and Icelandic folklore.
In a podcast full of problematic and wildly different original tellings of popular adaptations, this might be the most different and most problematic. It's the original tale of the nutcracker.
The story behind the transition from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus is one that includes murder, priest-punching, and ominous, demonic-looking companions. This episode looks at the legends behind an austere bishop who has been transformed into a magical, portly elf. **Note: as I say in the show, this episode is not for young children. The story [...]
In Austria and other places, people have been sending postcards with Krampus since the 1800s. Some of them are terrifying, but most are just hilarious. A lot of bad kids this year... How do you like them apples? This is really only a one-person ride, Krampus. Please wait your turn. Absolutely not awkwardly reproduced from several [...]