You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blizten, but do you recall the most terrifying Christmas characters of all? For some time now, Christmas has been a terrifying holiday masquerading as the "most wonderful time of the year." As much as we may love Santa Claus and his predecessors for shelling out presents to good boys and girls during the yuletide season, we mostly ignore that it's a reward system with traumatic consequences for a social contract none of us ever agreed to.
Yet, Santa is the least offensive (aside from being the de facto overlord) of these characters as he only deals with those who end up on his "Nice List." But what happens to those who end up on his Naughty List? Do they get a lump of coal? Perhaps; in some traditions - ancient and modern - we bad boys and girls don't get off so easily. Here we unveil some of the most scary and traumatizing characters who have haunted the most wonderful time of the year throughout the ages.
So what is the scariest Christmas legend? This list will give you a foundation of how evil, scary and twisted the holidays can be.