Modern Christmas traditions have shunned the Krampus for being too dark and scary, yet every year we have creepy Santa Claus as the icon of the holiday.
We insist on putting children in the laps of weird old men in big red costumes and beards.
He watches us while we’re sleeping.
He knows when we’ve been bad or good.
There’s even a group called the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas.
Yeah, there’s something weird about Santa. Pure Christmas nightmare fuel.
Anyway, here are some creepy vintage photos of Santa sure to put a little extra trauma in your stocking this year.
If that doesn’t sufficiently ruin your Christmas spirit, the The Bones of St. Nick surely will.