8 legends that will scare you this christmas

The festive season isn’t all about, jesus, old Saint nick and spending time with family. The latter being the most annoying for most people, unless your getting free food. For over 100 years, before Christmas became commercialised, a good scary story was the form of entertainment. Which in turn created terryfying traditional Christmas legends.

8 terryfying traditional Christmas legends

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Belsnickel

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Hailing from Germany. Belsnickel is a creepy looking figure. Covered in patch-worked rags to keep his identity secret, he also wears furs and threatens children by carrying a switch. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Belsnickel stops by the doors of households with children and threatens the misbehaving kids that if they don’t straighten up, they’ll not only not get presents, but a good beating from Belsnickel himself.

Krampus

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Krampus (whose name comes from the Germanic root for “claw”). Dates back long before the time of Christ. But in modern day is more or less the ultimate Christmas demon. The companion and antithesis of Santa Claus (“Old Nick” to “Saint Nick,” as Krampus.com puts it).

Update terryfying traditional Christmas legends

While American kids never feared a lack of shiny new presents no matter their behavioral tendencies. Children of the Old World, especially Germany, knew something worse than a lump of coal was coming their way if they misbehaved. Rather, if you weren’t well behaved, you were beaten and tortured before being kidnapped and taken to the Krampus’ lair. Where we can only assume one was beaten and tortured some more.

In modern days, there appears to be two sides on how to handle the Krampus story. Since the 1950s, Austrians have tried to put the creature on the back burner, claiming terrorizing small children with such tales isn’t healthy. While in the Germanic city of Schlanders (Silandro, Italy), young men are even encouraged to dress up as the Krampus and terrorize small children. Before having some Schnapps with the heads of the house. Elsewhere still, the Krampus is given his own holiday prior to the Feast of St. Nicholas known as Krampusnacht, and he even appears on his own holiday greeting card, known as Krampuskarten.

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Icelandic yule lads

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The sons of Gryla and her troll husband, Leppalúði. The Yule Lads come in and run around the town in a backward “12 days of Christmas.” The Yule Lads show up one at a time on the 13 days building up to Christmas Day. Each staying two weeks, so that the first Lad who arrived on December 12 is the first to depart on Christmas Day. The remaining brothers then leave one a day in the same order they arrived until festivities end on January 6.

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While in modern versions of the story, they are mostly just mischievous creatures pulling harmless pranks. Such as slamming doors and eating the towns yogurt supply (no joke). The original story of the lads was far more sinister (as you may have guessed given their presence on this list).

As in the modern story, they come down from dwellings in the mountains in the days leading up to Christmas day. However, rather than pulling the regular prank or trick, they — along with the Yuletide Cat — keep an eye on all the children. And kidnap those who did not receive any new clothes during the season so they can be eaten.

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Knecht Ruprecht

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As you know. Making sure all the children of the world get what’s coming to them at the end of the year is quite an enterprise. Which is no doubt why Santa has everyone from elves making toys for the good kids to demons kidnapping the mean-spirited ones helping him out. But what about those kids who were neither particularly good nor particularly bad? For them, the Germans give us Knech Ruprecht. Also known as Farmhand Rupert. He more or less looks like a shepherd taken out of your neighborhood nativity who sports a long beard, brown cloak and a staff.

Basically his schtick is that he goes around asking kids if they can pray. If they can, they get some awesome gingerbread. If they can’t, he gives them some useless junk, and if they refuse, he beats them with a bag of ashes. So children better remember the “reason for the season” is the baby Jesus. Not just the changes in the seasons, or else they’ll either receive some unfortunate presents or get beaten with some ashes.

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The pretchen

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The Perchten. A dual-gendered spirit who comes out during the 12 days of Christmas (that is, December 25-January 5). On one hand we have the female Schonperchten (“Beautiful Perchten”) and on the other we have the male and aptly named Schiachperchten (“Ugly Perchten”). The former is a giver of luck and gifts. While the other is an ugly beast who looks much like the Krampus and similarly related to the Devil, whom is the most ugly of the Schiachperchten. As can be expected, Schoneperchten gives treats to the good people of the world. While the Schiachperchten punishes the bad.

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What I believe is most terrifying about this character of Christmas mythology is that if it passes you. You can never be too sure which side you’ll be met with. On one hand you gave to the poor, on the other hand, you could have given more.

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Werewolves

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Yes, werewolves. Although we typically try to limit the lycanthropes to Halloween, B-movies, and steamy fiction. Werewolves have been a part of the Yuletide horror fest since the Middle Ages.

In modernity, it has since been reduced, reused, and recycled to the claim that simply having the audacity to be born on Christmas Day. Is cause enough to make a person a werewolf, as well. The 1961 film The Curse of the Werewolf explains that being born on December 25 is mocking Jesus Christ. And so you must be punished. Yeah, that Jesus: bringing the Christmas cheer by punishing not just a baby for being born, but he’s also damning any who fall into his or her wake every year.

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Gryla

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One of the few non-Germanic characters on this list is the Grýla, who comes from Icelandic mythology and is a terrifying lady ogre whose preferred diet was naughty children — because nothing says “Merry Christmas!” quite like being fed to a horrifying crone.

In 1746, a decree was issued prohibiting the use of Grýla and the Yule Lads, as they served no function other than to scare small children. This has lead to the crafting of a few songs, which claim that she has passed; however, a few of the songs suggest that she could always return to the living, should the number of naughty children increase.

Le Père Fouettard

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Pere Fouettard is seen to this day during Christmas in Belgium and France. His name means “Whipping Father,” so you can already guess how he brings holiday cheer.

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But that’s not the scary part of this story, that’s the happy part.

As the story goes, Le Pere Fouettard began his life as an innkeeper, kidnapper, and murderer, in that order. One day while keeping his inn, three rich boys on their way to a religious boarding school stay at his inn. Recognizing their wealth, Le Pere, along with his wife, decides to capture and murder the children (by slitting their throats) to take their money. Because that somehow seemed like a better idea than ransoming them to their wealthier parents. While trying to make corpse stew, Saint Nick shows up and resurrects the boys. Seeing his power, the innkeeper repents and becomes St. Nick’s partner by becoming the official whipping boy of bad boys and girls.

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The scary truth about the BoogeyMan

The Bogeyman. also spelled as Bogieman, Boogeyman or Boogieman. Is an imaginary being used by adults to scare children into behaving. It has no specific appearance and conception of it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community.

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What is the boogeyman

The Bogeyman is a formless being. It can take any shape the storyteller wishes. Though it tends to be a grotesque humanoid. With a tendency to hide under beds, in closets and other dark places.

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In many cases, he has no set appearance in the minds of adults or children. But is simply a non-existing embodiment of terror. Many parents will tell their children, that if they misbehave then the boogeyman will get them.

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His punishments are said to vary from mischievious pranks. Such as pulling hair, biting toes or shaking beds (akin to a poltergeist.) Or more malevolent behavior. Such as manifesting as horrible creatures to scare the child. Even going as far as kidnapping the child and taking them away to his shadowy realm to an undisclosed fate. Though he is often said to eat children.

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Bogeymen may target a specific mischief. Such as one that punishes children who suck their thumbs or misbehavior in general. In some cases the bogeyman is a nickname for the Devil. The Bogeyman is related to many similiar beings, who, together, form an entire villain type in themselves. However, he is definitely the most infamous of them all and is especially prominent in Western cultures.

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Even to this day some people will use the Bogeyman to scare children into good behavior. Though it is becoming less popular due to negative effects it can bring to some children.

Welcome to the boogey man paradise. Don’t call it a comeback, because it never went away.

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This is how megalodon could still be alive

Are megalodon living in the mariana trench?
Is it even possible for megalodon to live in the mariana trench?
What the hell is the mariana trench?

What the hell is a megalodon?

I know I’m not the only one that wants answers to these questions. Here’s what I’ve got.

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What is the mariana trench?

For those of you that don’t know, the mariana trench is the deepest part of the world. It’s located in the western Pacific ocean, near the mariana islands. It’s a crescent-shaped trough in the Earth’s crust averaging about 2,550 km long and 69 km wide. The maximum known depth is 10,994 metres, although there have been reports of 11,035 metres.

The depth of the Marian's trench
Scale of the mariana trench

Some comparisons, to get an idea of how deep the mariana trench is.

  • The current, deep sea diving world record is 332 metres.
  • Navy submarines report they can go more than 800 metres deep.
  • At 1,000 metres it becomes completely dark, known as the midnight zone.
  • The ocean floor is registered at 3,682 metres.
  • Its that deep, it could fully submerge mount everest (8,848 metres) with about 2km to spare, = HUGE.

What is a megalodon?

Scale comparison of a megladon, are megalodon living in the mariana trench
Scale comparison of megladon

Basically a massive shark. Megalodon, meaning “big tooth” is thought to be an extinct, species of shark. (Meaning it was once living or still is) Estimated to of grown between 15 and 18 meters in length, three times longer than the largest recorded great white shark. ?

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Without having a complete megalodon skeleton. Scientists base their estimates on the size of the megladons teeth. Which is 18cm in length, hence the name “big tooth”.

Are Megladon living in the mariana trench. A megalodon tooth in comparison to a great white shark
Megalodon tooth in comparison to a great white shark tooth

Snack time for a megalodon

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The bite force of a megalodon is estimated to be around 108,514 newton’s (N) and 182,201N. For comparison, humans have been measured with a bite force of around 1,317N. While great white sharks have been predicted to be able to bite down with a force of 18,216N.

With 276 teeth and a jaw that spanned 2.7 by 3.4 metres. Easily big enough to swallow two whole humans at once. This pretty much means they could eat whatever the hell they wanted.

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Tea time for big tooth

Although it’s thought that a megalodon would of fed on other large fish (obviously) . With the smallest being the size of a dolphin and the largest a hump back whale. Probably other sharks for good measure too, why not.

Is it possible? are megalodon living in the mariana trench?

Are megalodon living in the mariana trench

Well probably not anymore, but with more people landing on the moon, than have been to the bottom of the mariana trench, there’s allways a chance.

Plus they weren’t really a deep sea kinda shark. As mentioned before, they need to eat alot of big fish and you don’t really get alot of that at the bottom of the ocean…Or at least it hasn’t been proven ?.

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Although a sperm whale would be a pretty good meal for any megalodon. Sperm whales can be found upto 8,000 feet deep, but even then they’d have no place being there. So that’s probably not happening.

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Whales are a decent meal for megalodons

What about giant squid? They’re believed to dive deep into the ocean and be prey for sperm whales. Could megalodon be having a cheeky giant squid for tea? Who knows.

But why are megalodon messing around at the bottom of a trench?

So how would this coastal predator go from munching on whales and dolphins. To having deep diving creatures for tea at the bottom of the mariana trench?

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One possibility is that a small population of Megalodon Sharks had already evolved to live at those depths before the larger population of Megalodon went extinct. Therefore, when the environmental changes occurred that led to the perceived extinction of the Megalodon Shark, the population that lived at great depths continued to thrive while the sharks who lived in shallower water died off.

What about that other shark no-one knew about?

That would be the Megamouth Shark. It’s a massive fish reaching 20 feet in length or more. Despite its impressive size, it remained unknown until 1976. One of the reasons is because it is vertically migratory, meaning it only comes anywhere near the surface at night. In the daytime, it dives down to 500 feet or deeper.

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Surprise ?

The Megamouth Shark remained hidden for so long simply because it dove to 500 feet for most of the day. What chances do we have of finding a Megalodon that may live at 11,000 metres?

Are there any other deep sea sharks?

Well there’s The Portuguese Dogfish it’s a species of Sleeper Shark known to survive at depths of up to 12,000 feet.

The Pacific Sleeper Shark and Greenland Shark are huge animals reaching over 20 feet in length which can live at depths of up to 9,000 feet.

Even the Great White Shark has been recorded diving to depths of 4,000 feet.

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Clever boy ?

So, there seems to be nothing preventing a Megalodon from living in the dark of the ocean, should it have reason to do so. However, this also tells us that Megalodon doesn’t need the depths of the Mariana Trench to stay hidden.

So, are megalodon alive the mariana trench or what?

Is it really possible, are megalodon living in the mariana trench? Could small populations of Megalodon Sharks evolved to feed on prey in very deep water, and because of this managed to avoid extinction? Could this remnant population of Megalodon Shark still thrive today. Far out of sight of humans?

The ocean is a mystery, do megalodon live at the bottom
Hello? Biggy you there?

Maybe. But, while it may be true that Megalodon lives in the upper part of the water column over the Mariana Trench, it probably has no reason to hide in its depths. There’s no food for it down there, and no other shark species are known to thrive that deep.

Of course it’s also possible there is another piece of the puzzle not yet considered. If Megalodon has managed to remain hidden from modern science, isn’t it also possible that another large unknown animal lives in the ocean depths as well?

If a large, unknown prey item lives in the Mariana Trench. Is it possible Megalodon followed it down? and now lives deeper than any shark species every recorded?

What an interesting thought
I wonder

Now that’s an interesting idea. But unfortunately not one with any scientific merit, as of yet anyway. This is all theory, and food for thought. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what you think is possible. Does the Megalodon Shark still live, deep in the Mariana Trench?