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Here Are Europe’s Most Terrifying Christmas Traditions

  • While Santa Claus is a universally known Christmas figure, other more fiendish characters feature in Christmas traditions throughout Europe.
  • These terrifying characters are largely holdovers from pre-Christian paganism, some of them even once being worshiped as deities.
  • The characters are believed to punish children for misbehavior with death or beatings, cutting an odd figure next to Christ’s offer of mercy and grace.

The Christmas spirit usually banishes fear, but in some countries Christmas brings fear in abundance, trading Santa for ravenous ghouls who feast on children.

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