Friday, December 15, 2006

Become a Christmas Expert: Krampus

You may not know about Krampus, but I can guarantee you that the children of Austria know him. He's Santa's sidekick, the one who does all the less pleasant Christmas duties. You know, like putting coal in stockings and hitting bad kids with switches.

Description: horned head, foot-long tongue, hooved feet. Hmmm.

Krista said, "He looks evil." This is the nicest picture I could find of him. This is the sort of cute version from old postcards.

Note to Missionaries: If you are creating a Christian festival to take place at the same time as a pagan ritual, please be sure to get rid of critters like Krampus.


  1. Anonymous9:16 PM

    Krampus is needed.:)

  2. Anonymous8:25 AM

    That's it? "Krampus is needed"?

    Do tell more. Why is he needed? BEcause there are bad little boys and girls? Or what?


    The Ignorant American

  3. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Without the proper balance, you can see the children growing up into self obsessed and uncaring greedy adults.
    Krampus is the necessary punishment to Saint Nick's reward.
    Thus Krampus acts as one half of a moral compass.
    Every action brings reaction, karma etc.
    Think of Krampus as the one who nips bullies in the bud:)
    Scares em straight.