If you aren’t familiar with him, he’s St. Nicholas’s buddy!
While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe’s Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways — or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack. In keeping with pre-Germanic Pagan traditions, men dressed as these demons have been frightening children on Krampusnacht for centuries, chasing them and hitting them with sticks, on an (often alcohol-fueled) run through the dark streets.
How. Awesome. Is. That? Come on, admit it, there are plenty of rotten kids who need to be Krampused. Santa’s gonna find out who’s naughty and who’s nice, and he’s sending Krampus to visit the naughty ones!
It’s my favorite Christmas tradition…