Christmas can be absolutely terrifying for children.
On Christmas Eve, parents often blame their child's inability to fall asleep on the anticipatory excitement they experience while waiting to begin a fun-filled Christmas morning. However, the truth is that there is a dark side of Christmas, and it's worse than anything you'll encounter on Halloween.
Despite what Hallmark has led you to believe, the history of Christmas is filled with terrifying figures. Even modern Christmas traditions, such as watching holiday-themed movies, can prove unnerving to a child. Consider the time-tested film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which features a terrifying carnivorous snow monster as the primary antagonist.
The horrifying truth about Christmas is that the holiday does more than just remind children to be grateful and kind; it teaches them that tiny recon elves are real, other dimensions exist, and the whole holiday is basically a massive re-working of the Pagan Yuletide festival.
Here's a list of all the horrendous things you didn't know about popular Christmas traditions.
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Absolutely Everything About Santa's Pal KrampusPhoto: Jeff Gauthier via Flickr
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The Yule Lads Are Coming To Rob Your HousePhoto: Shorts & Facts / Youtube
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Voyeuristic Santa Watches You When You're Awake AND SleepingPhoto: Jackie / Flickr
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Sexual Predators Hide Behind MistletoePhoto: Universal Studios Home Entertainment / Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
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The Nutcracker Is About A Child Lost In Another WorldPhoto: Universal Studios Home Entertainment / The Nutcracker: The Untold Story
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Parents Allow Their Children To Sit On The Lap Of A Seasonal Mall Employee With A BeardPhoto: eichelberger_greg / Flickr