Rare Exports

If you’re in the mood for a rather more disturbing take on Santa Claus check out Finnish director Jelmari Helander’s short films, Rare Exports, which document a group of Santa Claus hunters who track down and capture Father Christmasses for export abroad. The second film (below) gives instructions for the safe training and handling of a Father Christmas, and is intended strictly for importers and distributors.

The films would have it seem that the training of a potential Santa Claus is rather more difficult than it would appear. Perhaps it helps to know that Santa Claus has his origins in Finland as the joulupukki, or Yule Goat, which was (in pagan times) a horned demon who frightened children and instead of giving gifts, he demanded them.

[via Coilhouse]


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