8 Disturbing Christmas Characters

After reading about these Christmas demons, racists, trolls, and old crones we bet you’ll leave an extra cookie or two for Santa.

By Nick Nadel

Black-Pete

BLACK PETE
Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, is popular in Dutch culture, where evidently walking around in blackface, an afro, and painted red lips won’t earn you a roundhouse kick to the face. Filthy racism aside, Black Pete is actually a helpful fellow — he assists Sinterklaas (European Santa) in passing out gifts.

Also: Guess what? These Christmas movies aren’t really Christmas movies. Shhhh.

If you’re wondering why Black Pete has such a racist look, so were we! Some legends say he was a chimney sweep who was covered in soot, while children’s author Jan Schenkman published a book in 1850 (“Saint Nicholas and His Servant”) that straight up showed Santa with a black page boy servant by his side.

Not surprisingly, the character pisses lots of people off, and sparks protests calling for Pete’s retirement.

Belsnickel_The_Office

BELSNICKEL
Belsnickel made an appearance in Season 9 of The Office, where Dwight Schrute dressed the part and whipped co-worker Jim. It’s funnier than we described, we swear.

Also: The Office and other shows that should have ended sooner.

Anyway, Belsnickel is an impatient dick who dresses like a hobo who just skinned a woolly mammoth. Because of this, we’re guessing he’s also a virgin. His gimmick: He knocks on houses and demands that children answer a question or sing a song. He’ll then toss them candies, but they better not jump for them too fast lest they yearn for the business end of his switch.

TAGS: Christmas, Christmas carols, fairy tales

 

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