I nominate the Krampus as the protagonist. In fact, you could probably get a ton of mileage just out of different cultures and their interpretations of a single holiday like Christmas.
The closest thing I can think of is Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather,” which discusses in some parts how the fantasy-equivalent of Christmas in that book went from a pagan ceremony to the current jolly guy in a suit. You’ve got a cool…
I have a copy of The Hogfather, and it’s a lovely story, as all of the Discworld books are. My favorite bit is that the general message of the story is how we teach kids to believe in a great bearded man who delivers toys so that we can teach them more difficult concepts, like Truth and Justice.amanitazest reblogged you
I definitely think that there’s more than enough history in any given holiday - barring really obviously recent ones like PRESIDENT’S DAY - to build a world out of! And granted, I really only watched the movie-version of Discworld because I was all “YAAAY TIM CURRY AND SEAN ASTIN” but he seems a very good world builder / story craftsman!
I sadly only really know of the basic Hallmark Santa Claus Christmas mythos, while knowing what Venture Brothers taught me of Krampus, and also knowing about Saint Lucy/Lucia from some of my Swedish / Scandinavian ancestry.
Saint Lucia will be fun to read about because why is this depiction of her over on Wikipedia holding a plate with gouged-out eyeballs on it, is this ‘wiki vandalism’ or the most brutal Christmas decoration of all.