Monday, December 5, 2016

I Loves Me Some Krampus

Krampus comes round tonight, hide your naughty children.
Wishing everyone a very merry Krampusnacht!

In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure.

In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.




Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'd wear that Krampus sweater!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Sure, these days when bad sweaters are all the rage...but as a kid the Krampus was like seeing the devil. The German kids in our small town near Lahr shit their pants over him. I asked my Dad if he was really and he told me 'only if you believe in him' so I tried hard not to believe....since he was not part of the Christmas story that I knew.

DrGoat said...

I do agree about the sweater. It goes beyond the ugly sweater category into a place of its own. Can't remember what an Italian Christmas is all about. We were the first born in the US, in NYC, so it was Macy's windows and Santa and the usual Christmas Story scenario.