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Have a Creepy Little Christmas with These Unsettling Victorian Cards
"A heart Christmas greeting: Four jovial froggies / a skating would go; / They asked their mamma, / but she'd sternly said, 'No!' / And they all came to grief in a beautiful row. / There's a sweet Christmas moral for one not too slow. / Just so!" (via Nova Scotia Archives/Flickr)
7 International Santa Traditions Involving Evil Sidekicks, Wine, Beatings
Iceland has 13 Santas, known as the "Yule Lads." First known as scary descendants of trolls, the Yule Lads are now regarded as merrily mischievous gift-givers. According to legend, they arrive one by one for the 13 days leading up to Christmas; Icelandic children leave their best shoes on the windowsill so the Yule Lads can fill them with small presents. Their names translate to everything from "Bowl-licker" and "Door-slammer" to "Peeper" and "Meat-hook."