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‘The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas’ Author Al Ridenour Discusses the Original Christmas Witch: Frau Perchta

Before Krampus injected some needed chills into traditional yuletide proceedings, the original dark spirit of Christmas was Frau Perchta (and her many iterations such as Frau Holda, Frau Holle, La Befana, etc.).  This Germanic legend embodies many of our preconceived notions (at least in appearance) of a classic witch, complete with scraggly hair, a long nose, and a broom stick made of straw.  And although she is less well known than the horned figure that takes over her role, she is equally terrifying, misunderstood, and engaging. read more