If You Didn’t Make Santa’s “Good List” You May Be On Krampus’s “Bad List”
THIS STORY IS NOT FOR CHILDREN...
Have you ever heard or seen 'Krampus'? If you have not, let me introduce you.
Krampus is a centuries-old Christmas tradition that, as best as historians can figure out, derived from Germany.
Wikipedia.com explains the myth of Krampus...
"Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphicfolklore 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. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Northern Italy. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure."
Nationalgeographic.com stated that...
"According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. December 6 also happens to be Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, when German children look outside their door to see if the shoe or boot they'd left out the night before contains either presents (a reward for good behavior) or a rod (bad behavior)."
Here Are 10 Facts You Need To Know About 'Krampus'...
- His name, Krampus, was taken from the German word krampen, which mean claw.
- Krampus is hairy.
- Krampus is either black or brown.
- Krampus has horns of a goat.
- Krampus has a long pointed tongue.
- Krampus has fangs.
- Krampus has hooves.
- Krampus carries chains
- Krampus carries a bundle of birch branches to whip children with.
- If a child is very naughty, Krampus will kidnap them and drowned them, eat them, or take them to the devil.
The Good News For Children Everywhere Is Reported By Nationalgeographic.com ...
"A more modern take on the tradition in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic involves drunken men dressed as devils, who take over the streets for a Krampuslauf—a Krampus Run of sorts, when people are chased through the streets by the "devils."
Hopefully everyone has survived the eve of December 5th, here is hoping for the 24th!