Characters Of Christmas
Folklore of Bavaria and Austria
Perchta was said to roam the countryside at midwinter, and to enter homes during the twelve days between Christmas. She would know whether the children had behaved well and worked hard all year. If they had, they might find a small silver coin the next day, in a shoe or pail. If they had not, she would slit their bellies open, remove their stomach and guts, and stuff the hole with straw and pebbles.
Jólakötturinn (The Yule Cat)
The Yule Cat (Icelandic: Jólakötturinn) is a monster from Icelandic folklore, a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmas time and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve.
The threat of being eaten by the Yule Cat was used by farmers as an incentive for their workers to finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas. The ones who took part in the work would be rewarded with new clothes, but those who did not would get nothing and thus would be preyed upon by the monstrous cat.
In early 2016 I started my first Christmas Sculpture to be finished and displayed before the Holidays adding a new sculpture every year. Sculptures are available for viewing anytime but they are particularly animated around the Holidays . Stop in and see what's new this year.
New for 2018
Central European folklore
Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon" who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.
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