The Krampus is a character from European Alpine folklore, common in Austria and Switzerland. The creature stands on two hooves and has horns growing out of its skull. An extremely long tongue hangs out of its mouth, and it carries a basket to haul away naughty children.
For hundreds of years, the Krampus and Saint Nicholas have worked a kind of good cop-bad cop routine. Saint Nick rewards the good children; Krampus terrorizes the bad.
It’s good for bad children to be terrorized. Teaches them to abandon the broad path that leads to destruction.
[A woman in Philadelphia] is helping to organize a traditional Krampuslauf: a procession of people dressed as Krampus, walking through the streets with noisemakers. The idea for the Krampuslauf in Philadelphia came from Amber Dorko Stopper, a mother of two.
“Spooky and scary has had a place in Christmas historically — A Christmas Carol is a ghost story with scary things in it,” she says. “I hate to see everything get watered down because I remember how much fun those things are.”
Ok that’s a bit weird. But over in Austria they do it up right!
- 18 Krampus Images To Ruin Your Holidays (buzzfeed.com)