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Tomte on a Yule goat. "A tomte, nisse or tomtenisse is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally no taller than three feet, has a long white beard and wears red or other colorful clothes. It is known as a gift bearer and is considered one of the Swedish and Norwegian versions of Santa Claus, although not entirely the same thing."

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La Befana - Italian folklore about an old woman who flies on a broom and comes down the chimney to deliver presents to good children on the night of Jan 5th (Epiphany Eve).

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21 Vintage Postcards Of Krampus That Will Haunt Your Dreams

WOW, Krampus really has a thirst for children’s blood! | 21 Vintage Postcards Of Krampus That Will Haunt Your Dreams

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Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.

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Father Christmas typified the spirit of good cheer at Christmas. A traditional figure in English folklore, Father Christmas is identified with the old belief in the god Woden.

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