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Weird and Terrifying Christmas Traditions

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Not all holiday traditions feature sugarplums and toy-filled sleighs. Legendary Christmas monsters, demonic anti-Santas, and booze-fueled revelry supply the darker side of Yuletide. Some of these myths are obvious tales invented to scare children into behaving. Others—like the Santa Speedo Run—are modern movements aiming to keep Christmas weird. Here are some of our favorite eccentric holiday traditions around the world.

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