Merry Christmas from the Explodeded Family!  To celebrate we are counting down the Top Five Weirdest and Creepiest Santa Claus Figures of All Time! 

#5) Belsnickel

From Wikipedia: “Belsnickel is a crotchety, fur-clad Christmas gift-bringer figure in the folklore of the Palatinate region of southwestern Germany along the Rhine, the Saarland, and the Odenwald area ofBaden-Württemberg. The figure is also preserved in Pennsylvania Dutch communities. The Belsnickel shows up at houses 1–2 weeks before Christmas and often created fright because he always knew exactly which of the children misbehaved. He is typically very ragged and mean looking. He wears torn, tattered, and dirty clothes, and he carries a switch in his hand with which to beat bad children. The children escape unharmed, but they are scared into being good so that Santa will bring them presents on Christmas.

#4) Zwarte Piet

From Wikipedia: The character first appeared in his current form in an 1850 book by Jan Schenkman and is commonly depicted as a blackamoor. Traditionally Zwarte Piet is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain.[1] Actors portraying Zwarte Piet typically put onblackface make-up and colourful Renaissance attire, in addition to curly wigs, red lipstick and earrings. In recent years, the character has become the subject of controversy, especially in the Netherlands

#3) Kallikantzaros

From Wikipedia: “The Kallikantzaros is a malevolent goblin in Southeastern European andAnatolian folklore.   Kallikantzaroi are believed to dwell underground but come to the surface during the twelve days of Christmas, from 25 December to 6 January.  According to legend, any child born during the twelve days of Christmas was in danger of transforming to a kallikantzarosduring each Christmas season, starting with adulthood. It was believed that the antidote to prevent this transformation was to bind the baby in tresses of garlic or straw, or to singe the child's toenails.”

#2) Tio De Nadal 

From Wikipedia: The Tió de Nadal is a character in Catalan mythology relating to a Christmas tradition widespread in Catalonia.  Often popularly called called Poo log, the form of the Tió de Nadal found in many Catalan homes during the holiday season is a hollow log of about thirty centimetres length.  Beginning with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), one gives the tió a little bit to "eat" every night and usually covers him with a little blanket so that he will not be cold at night. Story goes that in the days preceding Christmas, children must take good care of the log, keeping it warm and feeding it, so that it poops Christmas trees on Christmas day, hence the name caga tio (literally poo log).  On Christmas day or, depending on the particular household, on Christmas Eve, one puts the Tió partly into thefireplace and orders it to defecate; the fire part of this tradition is no longer as widespread as it once was, since many modern homes do not have a fireplace. To make it defecate one beats the Tió with sticks, while singing various songs of Tió de Nadal.  When nothing is left to "shit", it drops a salt herring, a head of garlic, an onion, or it "urinates" by leaving a bowl of water. What comes out of the Tió is a communal rather than individual gift, shared by everyone present.

#1) Krampus

From Wikipedia: “Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. According to traditional narratives around the figure, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.  Although Krampus appears in many variations, most share some common physical characteristics. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. His long pointed tongue lolls out.  Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a washtub strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell. Some of the older versions make mention of naughty children being put in the bag and being taken.”