Belsnickle Santa of yesteryear was not so jolly

 

→ Belsnickle Santa of yesteryear was not so jolly – The Herald-Dispatch

More details here on the legendary Belsnickel. I do take issue with the following…

Needless to say the first Belsnickle scared the daylights out of the children of the time, so it is little wonder our rosy-cheeked sweet Santa survived and he didn’t.

Oh, but he did survive. He may have been forced underground by the Madison Avenue campaign to promote a fear-free, commercially oriented Christmas. But the times have changed and Belsnickel is back from the hinterlands, scratching at your window with his switch, and looking for your children. 

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