Liberia’s Dancing Xmas Devils Could Give Krampus A Lesson In Niceness – By Max Bankole Jarrett

Millions of Americans are being scared by Christmas this year — the hit movie Krampus features the holiday devil of Europe, a frightening figure who wears animal skins and horns and roams the streets aiming to punish kids who've been naughty and not nice.

Believe me, I know how they feel. During my earliest years I recall Christmas as a period of sweet fun that was laced also with a high dose of fright. Yes fright — similar to what many people feel when they watch a horror movie. Why would a child be frightened during Christmas? I hear you asking as you read these words.

A country devil from the Gio tribal group walks through a neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, as part of the pre-independence day celebration.

A country devil from the Gio tribal group walks through a neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, as part of the pre-independence day celebration. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON NPR ONLINE

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