Our Favorite Creepy Christmas Legends and Lore

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For this week’s episode of The Manual Podcast, Greg, Sam, and, Nicole get in the holiday spirit by learning about a few prominent holiday-related legends and lore.

To start, the crew discusses possibly the most well-known holiday monster, Krampus. What we uncover, though, is that Krampus — a European sidekick to Santa Claus — has a shortlist of likes … and they aren’t what you might expect.

Next, the gang travels to Iceland, where there is a veritable smorgasbord of holiday monsters and lore. From a woman who eats children to her mischievous sons to their cat — yes, their pet cat — Iceland’s holiday lore game is strong. (It also seems like a pretty scary place to celebrate Christmas.)

That’s not all, though, as the final topic covered is a bit … scatological. Coming from Catalonia in Spain, the final bit of lore is quite entertaining. We’d tell you here what it is, but you’ll have to listen to find out what it is — we promise, you’ll want to hear all about it (it’ll make perfect Christmas dinner table conversation … or a great way to clear the room if you need a breather).

Does your family engage in any holiday traditions or lore? Did you grow up thinking a monster would take you away if you were bad? We want to hear from you. If you ever have a question or comment for The Manual Podcast folks, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you can join the discussion. Don’t forget, too, to rate and review the podcast where you download it.

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