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Belsnickle
Belsnickle is not Santa Claus. The Pennsylvania Dutch, who were not Dutch at all, but ”Deutsche”, or German, are credited with bringing many of their country’s Christmas customs with them to America. This helped to shape the New World Christmas traditions. As early as the 1820’s, Father Christmas shows up […]

Belsnickle or Pelz-nickle is not Santa Claus


I was doing some cyber shopping the other day and stumbled across a figurine of a xmas character I had never heard of before.  Now, I pride myself on being a custodian of REAL xmas lore since it has become such a convoluted and distorted tradition based on both secular / pagan […]

And I thought the Krampus was Creepy



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Santa Claus has long been a cult idol of mine.  I think we can all really agree that the image of Santa Claus, perhaps even his entire existence, has been a long lurid story that ultimately simplifies down to mass manipulation. Let me get one thing perfectly clear before I go on. I […]

You Don’t Know Santa



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    In Mexico they actually celebrate two creepy Fall holidays!  Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead began as an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. This festival predates Halloween by almost a thousand years.  Halloween has also been celebrated in Mexico for the past […]

Mexican Halloween Los Muertos



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The holiday season is always a double edged sword for myself. I am sure I am not alone in what I am about to discuss, but at this time of year I sure feel like I am. No, this is not about my belief system, even though this time of […]

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