The Christmas Demons of Greece

The Kallikantzaroi are a species of goblins unique to Greek folklore, which emerge from the underworld and plague mankind during the Twelve Days of Christmas.

They hide up in caves during the daytime, and come out at night to work mischief. Various means were taken to ensure that they would not get inside houses to spoil food and vandalize the home, such as keeping a fire alight through each of the twelve nights of the Christmas Season.

When the priest goes from house to house on the day before Theofania (Epiphany, celebrated on January 6th) to bless the houses with holy water, they are driven back to the underworld, where they begin again the work of trying to saw through the tree which holds up the world, work which they will not finish before the next Christmas.

Read a story about the Kallikantzaroi >

Read more about the Christmas Demons in “Haunted Greece: Nymphs, Vampires and other Exotika”, by John L. Tomkinson >