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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."


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


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.


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.