131 The Yule Cat

Sounds cuddly, right? He’s not. He’s from Iceland. Some of their Christmas legends are stone cold scary. Call (323) 487-12-25, and be on the show! Tell us what Christmas is to you, say Merry Christmas, or do your own thing! Follow the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), on Facebook, and Pinterest. Give to the show at MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Thank you if you have!

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Featured music:

“This Great Old Christmas Night” by Sofia Talvik from the album “When Winter Comes, A Christmas Album
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“Still, Still, Still” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
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Background music:

“The Happy Elf” by the Gothard Sisters from the album “Falling Snow
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“Sussex Carol” by The Manor House String Quartet from “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Other Carols”
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More information:

Learn more about the Yule Cat from Wikipedia, I iz Cat, Nerdist, and I ♥️ Reykjavik.

Hear Björk perform “Jólakötturinn – Hvít Er Borg Og Bær (Icelandic Christmas Cat).”

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89 The Christmas Pickle

Dave in Texas wanted to hear about the Christmas Pickle. It’s actually real! Sort of. Let me know what to talk about on Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Google+. Or email your suggestions to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. All the episodes are at  MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks to Dave in Arizona for your gift to the show! Go to Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net to give.

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Featured music:

Go Tell it on the Mountain” by Roger McGuinn (from the Free Music Archive)

Background music:

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Michael Ryan from “A Classical Guitar Christmas”

Carol of the Bells” by Gato (from MacJams.com)

More information:

About.com does a good job of investigating the legend.

WhyChristmas.com boils it down.

Here’s Wikipedia’s article.

73 Krampus

Not all of Christmas is sweetness and light. By request from Brian and Charlie from our Facebook posse, we focus on the Alpine sidekick of St. Nick, Krampus. Gahh! Wish your favorite someone Merry Christmas at MyChristmasStocking.net by clicking the Call Me button or email an audio file to  TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. The Christmas Stocking is also on Twitter.com/XmasStocking and Google+.

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Featured music:

“Gift of Giving” by Pamela Hines from “New Christmas” (SPiceRack Records)
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Background music:

“Antagonist B” by Kevin Macleod (freepd.com)

“Circus Tent”“Movement Proposition” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Joy to the World” by Jim Edwards (from MacJams.com)

More information:

You can learn more about Krampus from this Etsy blog. And Wikipedia.

A few years ago, I talked about a similar set of Christmas characters. If you like Krampus, you’ll love the Yule Lads.

41 The Yule Lads

From Christmas 2009: What could be scarier than Scrooge’s ghosts? The Yule Lads could be! By suggestion from Megan on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. Email me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. And you can wish someone Merry Christmas or share your Christmas memory at MyChristmasStocking.net. Just click the Call Me button and enter your phone number. My voicemail will call you for free.

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Featured music:
“Oh Come All Ye Faithful” by  Sirens from “River City Christmas” (Arbor Records Ltd.)
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Background music:

“Highway to Wenceslas” by Brian Bunker Christmas (from GarageBand.com)


“Christmas Time is Here” by Thomas Marriott, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop from “The Cool Season – An Origin Records Holiday Collection, Vol. 2” (Origin Records)
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More information:

About.com has a personal reflection on the Yule Lads, with lots of info.

Of course, Wikipedia has an article full of history.