St. Nick vs. Krampus

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In this special first episode of Season 4: Winter Spirits of Mythical Musings, The Podcast we honor two recognizable figures with two quite different yet similar histories. The alter ego of Santa Claus, Krampus, is the kind of spirit whose malevolence takes on a whole new meaning. We explore the origins of both figures and how they’ve impacted the modern celebration of Christmas.

Episode Highlights:

* St. Nicholas; his origins, his real story, and his miracles

* Krampus: his pagan origins and how he became synonymous with the naughty list

* Black Pete; his controversial origins and modern-day outlook

* The Great Persecution: a backstory of how Christians were seen during the times of the Roman Empire

* Christmas in modern day and how we can celebrate it both religiously and in secular society

* A special “Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas” reading

As the New Year draws ever closer, it’s important to take every ounce of Christmas magick we can and make it last. This episode highlights some of the great and fun traditions celebrated around the world!

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