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Belsnickel

It’s Getting on Holiday Time, So Let’s Get Festive!

So the internet has no shortage of lists of long forgotten mythical holiday beasts! You know the ones that always start with Krampus and generally end with a pooping log or a yule cat er sumthin… Well we’re picking right from the middle of those lists this year, and going with Dwight Schrute’s favorite, Belsnickel! He’s dirty, he’s clad in tattered furs and not opposed to physical punishment.

Let’s see, first a lil origin for setting… The tale started in germany, as one of the many precursors to the commons santa myth, but it was when it followed the Pennsylvania dutch to the Americas that he really embedded himself the fears of the holiday youths.

What’s he do you ask? Well, pretty much the same thing as santa, just in an unpleasant, old timey, dressed like a drunken Grizzly Adams kinda way. He makes a lot of noise, he gives fruit and nuts from his bag to well behaved children and beats or chases the bad ones with a whip and or hickory switch. And instead of sneaking down your chimney in the middle of the night, he knocks on your freaking door…

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here’s your official descriptors

  • Generally man sized and shaped
  • Clothed in tattered clothes and raggedy furs
  • Carries a bag full of cakes and nuts, a whip and a hickory switch/li>
  • His hair and beard are unkempt, tangled and smattered with sticks and leaves
  • Not a tremendous fan of naughty children

So there you go, You know the way this works there’s not really a ton of difference between Krampus, Belsnickel nor St Nick, so it’s up to you to make ’em yours and make em fun! So sharpen up that scribbler, and go to town. Cause I’m a man with too many beast shirts and a need to share them. And now I just learned they are migrating our servers thsi weekend so You’ve got and extra week… (drawings now due midnight the evening of 12/14)

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Belsnickel Entry # 1

Belsnickel Entry # 1

I mean, I cant imagine anything that could go wrong letting a mayonnaise and egg smothered, pantsless one legged man wearing a fake beard… so sure sir! nap away… and mind if i get one of those?…

Belsnickel Entry # 2

Belsnickel Entry # 2

Haha so is that a xmas tree bedazzled codpiece or the sharp edges of some sort of evil, wiener trapping, crotchless chaps? My favorite part by far is the “knock Knock” with not a doorway in sight! That and the fact that with a tighter croo, and a lil body oil this could easily be a pic of Tim Cappello circa 85!

Belsnickel Entry # 3

Belsnickel Entry # 3

You know I know it looks great from across the street, but I’ve always questioned the full length windows on either side of your front door for exactly this reason!

Belsnickel Entry # 4

Belsnickel Entry # 4

So this one came with a note of how it troubled our many time champion, and he even sent a second friendlier beast, so I’ve cropped in a lil tight here to highlight what I think was the problem… you were obviously subconsciously drawing one of them there, famously mean spirited, stable robbing, straw thieves!

Belsnickel Entry # 5

Belsnickel Entry # 5

If you imagine that sack as being an oversized deerskin flask filled with spiced wine, it’s even better! I mean that’s half the fun in stick shaking!

Belsnickel Entry # 6

Belsnickel Entry # 6

God such good stink emanating here! I think its the flies triggering the thought, but I’m now convinced that’s a basket full of clams! Also is he scratching his head with his fatality slashed, barbed wire bat? Cause that’s kinda f’ing adorable if he is!

Belsnickel Entry # 7

Belsnickel Entry # 7

I suppose this guy could very easily be mistaken for ewok erotica… but merry xmas! now you all have an image for your holiday cards!

Belsnickel Entry # 8

Belsnickel Entry # 8

You know, the “bike week” headband and those excessively hairy legs are probably my favorite parts, but the marker labelled tighty whities and those rando leftover teefs aint a bad touch!

Belsnickel Entry # 9

Belsnickel Entry # 9

Well god dammit! I can say with full conviction, that freaking nose makes me a lil queasy! And I’ve seen the internet even! But I do love me a bunch of twitlike beard denizens, so I’ll forgive you! Plus it’s xmas! And I’ll be annoying friends with my now refreshed want to yell “HalloOOO” at them for weeks!

Belsnickel Entry # 10

Belsnickel Entry # 10

Hey any of you kids wanna buy a giant misshapen hand? I got a full bag of ‘m here and you can tell by my giant mountain troll shoulders that I’m a trustworthy vendor! Also welcome newcomer!

Belsnickel Entry # 11

Belsnickel Entry # 11

At first I thought that all furry collar… but I’m pretty sure that’s sweet ass wizard beard on the left, gotta give bonus points for the evil swordsman ‘stache! And maybe it’s the textured background, but this one feels a lil like good old school alley art!