Hidden Holiday Legends: Should we start seeing some of the darker holiday legends?

Much of the holiday season is saturated with a canon of Christmas movies. However, the recent release of "Krampus" has reminded movie goers that there are some darker holiday legends. Analyze these lesser known stories and whether or not you think they should be considered for holiday prime time.

  • What I like about this concept is that we can start expanding the lens through which we look at holidays. Many of the modern Christian religions have pagan and polytheistic roots, and gives writers and audiences new territory to explore in regards to other cultural mythologies, as long as the proper respect is paid to the originators and the context of the story. – artemis822 9 years ago
  • I love this idea, and agree with the above comment - there are a lot of darker roots that would be fun to explore. Great concept! – Hannah Spencer 9 years ago
  • I think they should be explored. At the very least some of them have some moral lessons. And others remind us of what's important in life. – Tatijana 9 years ago
  • Wow, I love this concept! I am totally up for exploring the roots of holidays! As someone who identifies as pagan, I would love to see the original roots of the holidays explored more. I don't know if "holidays" specifically refers to the winter season or holidays in general, but the director of "Krampus," Michael Dougherty, has done the original, "darker holiday legends" theme with both "Krampus" and "Trick 'r Treat" (Samhain). In regards to "Krampus," It is also an interesting question how we determine what is a true "holiday movie." Krampus is a Christmas movie, but it likely won't air on Lifetime any time soon. – emilydeibler 9 years ago
  • Krampus has come up in recent years in different genres of tv as well. American Dad has an episode revolving around Krampus. Although not Krampus, in The Office (US) Dwight brings up the Christmas legend of Belsnickel. What's inspired the reintroduction of Christmas-time dark tales? Are we just bored of Santa Claus? – Slaidey 8 years ago

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