12/23/2013 02:54 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2013

Christmas Folklore Takes The Season To A Whole New Level (WATCH)

This might sound utterly blasphemous, but did you know that in some traditions Santa Claus is akin to a devil figure?

He rides a chariot pulled by horned creatures, rules a fantastical underworld and turned a holiday of love and charity into one of greed and materialism.. At least that's what one folklore expert describes in a conversation about bizarre Christmas traditions on HuffPost Live.

Even if we'll never know how these stories and traditions really came about, their popularity persists in communities around the globe. More in the video above.