12) Jesus. This is the little guy that Christmas is all about and although he might not have had whiskers as a baby, have you noticed that every depiction of him as an adult shows him with a beard? He’s only at № 12 because you should think about him first!
11) And while we’re on the subject of the Nativity, it seems that not only the Three Wise Men came bearing gifts and beards, but the Shepherds were whiskery fellas too, with wool on their faces as well as on their sheep!
10) Sharing 10th place, Noddy Holder (Slade) and Roy Wood (Wizard) vied for No 1 position in the British pop charts, 1973 (Noddy won). Their anthems, ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’, have become iconic Christmas themes throughout UK, being repeated time and again every year since first released. It’s astounding that they are so rarely heard in the US considering their popularity in Europe. And why do we include them here? Because both lead singers had the most iconic facial hair and are recognizable to the British public at the merest glance!
9) Yukon Cornelius, main character from TV series and movie ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’, had a legendary ginger beard: big and boisterous just like his character. Optimistic, fearless and full of joy (as all bearded chaps should be), his humorous antics as an arctic prospector are the perfect foil for his more sedate friends Hermey and Rudolf, who are doing their best to avoid the Abominable Snowmonster (whose own beard covers the whole of his body!).
8) Reindeer! Not obvious when you catch a glimpse of them in the night sky on Christmas Eve, but in winter reindeer grow beards and mustaches around their mouths to protect them from the cold snow and ice when grazing. I bet you didn’t know that!
7) Although the author C S Lewis was not bearded, he did have some quite outspoken opinions about Christmas such as its place as a religious festival (“important and obligatory for Christians… of no interest to anyone else”), as a popular holiday (“an occasion for merry-making and hospitality… I much approve of merry-making”) and as a commercial racket. Lewis completely objected to over-commercialism. He wrote the Narnia series of children’s books but with some very pertinent observations for adults included. The first book, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, describes Narnia as a place where it is “Always winter and never Christmas!” The faun Mr Tumnus, half man, half goat, is a main character and when Christmas finally arrives he’s there celebrating with the best of them, with his pointy goatee!
6) Scrooge, from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ is usually played by actors with either long, bushy sideburns or even muttonchops. Dickens himself sported a straggly and rather unkempt beard hanging from his chin, and facial hair, in general, became quite the fashion in Victorian Britain.
5) Some of Santa’s elves wear beards... no doubt causing mischief along the way (although Elf On A Shelf is clean-shaven, and he’s the rascaliest of them all!). Many elf costumes include a beard in the outfit.
4) The Grinch, who so emphatically dislikes the festive season, had a green beard but was teased relentlessly about his bristly look. In an effort to be liked, he took a razor to it with disastrous results, cutting himself numerous times and leaving pieces of tissue stuck all over his face. His peers reacted with more ridicule and laughter, making poor Grinch retreat to a cave in Mount Crumpit. All’s well that ends well though, and we all know that everything turns out alright in the end!
3) Did you know that Good King Wenceslas, from the well known Christmas carol, was a real person? Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, c.907 to 28 September 935 (he became king posthumously.) He was considered ‘good’ because it is said that each night he would rise from his bed, trudging through the snow and “give alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty”. It’s from this that we have the Boxing Day tradition of giving to the needy. He’s the good guy who is always depicted with a beard!
2) Krampus! Another goat character (half goat, half demon) but without the charm of Mr Tumnus! Krampus sports some vicious horns and a wicked beard, as all evil devils should, and boy, is he evil! He’s the antithesis of Santa and chastises those who have been naughty throughout the year by thrashing them and inflicting painful, torturous punishments. Then he yanks them back to his cave never to be seen again. Beware Krampus!
1) While Krampus is hauling off the naughty kids, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St Nicolas or whatever you care to call him, is leaving gifts for the good children. Santa has to be in our No 1 spot for the Character Beard of Christmas, always shown with his long and luscious, white wavy beard and kind character, smiling and exclaiming “Ho, Ho, Ho” to everyone!
We hope you’ll be visited by Santa rather than Krampus this year, and if you’re very lucky he’ll be bringing you the best presents for our bearded brothers, from our awesome range of Gift Sets, Care Kits and other great products.