The Season’s Scariest Paranormal Creatures

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Seasons Greetings!

Usually, when one thinks of monsters, Halloween comes to mind, but Christmas has plenty of its own supernatural beings.

Flying reindeer, elves, and a big fat man who visits every home on the planet in a single night—these are just a few of the familiar magical characters of Christmas, but there are far creepier holiday creatures who have been used over the centuries to terrify children. Here are a few monsters from the Old World who will treat you, beat you, or eat you.

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Knecht Ruprecht (Farmhand Rupert)

Rustic Rupert visits with Saint Nick and carries a long staff and a heavy bag. Children who know their prayers get a treat like gingerbread, while the naughty kids get a smack in the head with his big ol’ sack of ashes. In some traditions he even brings some odd friends like fairies, or dudes dressed as old women who have blackened their faces. ???

 

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Yule Cat

Don’t go around naked during the Christmas season. The Yule Cat prowls the countryside searching for lazy boys and girls. If you don’t have any clothes, the vicious cat knows you did not do your part in making the year’s wool. Neglect your chores and this nasty feline will make you her dinner.

 

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13 Yule Lads

These thirteen Icelandic ruffians will invade your house and play tricks on you during the entire holiday season. Are your doors slamming for no reason? Are things being stolen from your house? It could be these troll-like troublemakers, but be nice to them. They’re in cahoots with the Yule Cat and have a blood-thirsty mother.

 

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Grýla

Completing the Icelandic Christmas horror trifecta, Gryla is the mother of all thirteen of those pesky Yule Lads. She is a giant ogre who lives in the mountains who also eats naughty children—alive.

 

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Krampus

In Austria, Germany, and some other parts of Europe, Krampus has his own holiday on December 5th. He is a black demon with a long red tongue who kidnaps children to beat and torture them and eat them for supper. Just looking at him is scary enough.

 

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Père Fouettard

The most gruesome legend is of a Le Père Fouettard. This innkeeper kidnapped three rich boys on their way to school. He and his wife killed the children so they could steal whatever they had. Then the couple slit the boys’ throats, cut them up, and made a nice stew.

When St. Nicholas arrived and discovered the brutal murder, he resurrected the children, but Le Père Fouettard had to repent and become Santa Claus’ partner. He is sent to roam the world to whip and flog bad children.

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These Christmas legends would make some scary paranormal fiction.

Who do you think is the scariest?

Please leave your comments below.

About shondabrock

I'm a southern in my heart and a northern in my soul. I've had a few bad wines, but for the most part I've enjoyed enough good wines that it makes up for the few bad bottles. I enjoy writing, but more than writing itself, I love telling a good story, taking my reader off on an adventure starting with "What If"…. I'm a sucker for the Paranormal Romance genre. To me, its nice to be released from "What Is Expected" and believe for 250 pages in "What If's". Its like a vacation with out passports, waiting in line and an expensive credit card bill when you return home. Please Enjoy, but more importantly Stay Inspired…
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2 Responses to The Season’s Scariest Paranormal Creatures

  1. Shauna says:

    Very interesting! I was only familiar with Krampus!

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