Delve into the chilling depths of Christmas folklore with our special guest Jeff Belanger, author of the captivating book “The Fright Before Christmas.” In this episode, we’ll embark on a journey alongside Belanger as he unveils the dark underbelly of the holiday season.
We’ll go over the ancient pagans who celebrated the winter solstice with wild abandon and how these traditions bled into the modern holiday, the symbolism behind Christmas decorations, monsters like Krampus and the Yule Lads who kept good behavior in check.
So enter Room 2008 and grab a mug of something strong, light a few candles (maybe not made of animal fat, like the Yule Lads prefer), and settle in for a journey through the shadows of Christmas. We’ll uncover the secrets hidden in plain sight, reminding you that the holidays aren’t all about sugarplums and snowflakes. There’s a darker side to Christmas waiting to be discovered.