This Christmas Eve spare a thought for the Chrildren of Iceland, who will be suffering a traumatising visit from Kertasníkir
, or "Candle Beggar", the thirteenth and final of the strange and somewhat sinister Icelandic Santas, or Yule lads, who are the childre of the ogress Gryla
. Most of them don't seem to care if you've been bad or good - mainly they want to steal your food and wreck stuff. [more inside]
The recently released motion picture Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
is based on two short films by director Jalmari Helander: Rare Exports Inc.
and Rare Exports: Official Safety Instructions
(2005). (NSFW due to naked Santa)
Rare Exports, Inc.
They deliver the impeccable, well-mannered, and extremely rare original Finnish Father Christmases to nearly 150 countries every Christmas. Exclusively. [YouTube, NSFW.] [more inside]
Psychedelic Santa Claus.
"Modern Christmas traditions are based on ancient mushroom-using shamans." [Via J-Walk blog