Then Let Us Go and Be Terrible: A Krampus Christmas

 

 

 

Ho, Ho, Ho! Oy to the World!vintage-krampus-holiday-card-2

It’s beginning to look a lot like Krampus!

Vintage Krampus Holiday Card

Thanks to my sweetie, Eva Halloween, for this delightfully wicked seasonal treat!

Vintage Krampus Holiday Card

Seasons greetings, my little geeks and nerdlings!

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Later this week, on the eve of Saint Nicholas day, hundreds of demon-faced creatures will descend upon the snowy streets of Alpine countries, rattling chains and bells in preparation for capturing naughty children and carrying them away on Krampusnacht. Fearsome and caprine, the bestial horror most commonly known as the Krampus is a holdover from early Germanic folklore; horned, hairy, cloven-hooved, with a long, pointed tongue and carrying chains and birch switches or whips.

Despite periodic condemnation in the middle ages and more recently in the early 20th century, the Krampus merged with Catholic traditions of veneration of saints in the 1600’s, pairing up with Saint Nicholas to become a staple of holiday celebrations across European countries from Germany and Austria south and east to Croatia. While Saint Nicholas is a kindly (if austere) figure bearing gifts for good children, the Krampus is his devilish companion, responsible for the…

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One comment on “Then Let Us Go and Be Terrible: A Krampus Christmas

  1. renxkyoko says:

    Huh ? First time I’ve heard of this. Yikes .

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