You could also call John Grossman’s book Christmas Curiosities “The Dark Side of Christmas.” The subtitle is Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas. I have had more fun with this book this year than in any of my other happy little rituals.
I love Christmas. My favorite time of year starts at the beginning of October and ends on New Year’s Eve. Maybe it’s the way I grew up, maybe it’s the fact that I love Christmas music (one exception being the vomitous “Christmas Shoes” or my vote for the worst Christmas song ever), or maybe it’s because I like candy and I’ve been stuffing my fat face for the duration. Every morning I fight the urge to eat the candy out of my son’s advent calendar, and so far I’ve held strong.
But back to Christmas Curiosities. I love strange books, and it is a delightful collection of weird, weird, art, stories, and anecdotes about this holly jolly season. For instance, how’d you like this freak showing up at the bottom of your chimney?
Or how about good old Krampus? He travels with Santa, but while good old St. Nicholas is busy doling out Christmas presents for good children, Krampus punishes bad kids.
This book is absolutely fun, for Christmas lovers or haters. If you don’t ever read it, I’m fairly certain you’ll get a visit from Krampus.