Belsnickel: A slightly terrifying Pennsylvania Dutch tradition

 

In the Belsnickel’s world, Christmas shouldn’t be so enjoyable for the naughty kids. He comes at night, dressed in dirty furs, face blackened with charcoal. He has one purpose: To get the children to behave until Christmas. Santa might quietly sneak down the chimney, but that’s not Der Belsnickel’s style. Belsnickel raps on windows; he loudly jingles bells; he hurls accusations of misdeeds at children…

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