Hopefully, You Were Not Visited by Santa’s Demon Equivalent this Christmas

Posted by on December 26th, 2011


As many of us reconstitute ourselves after surviving the Christmas weekend, everyone can count ourselves lucky that we didn’t get a visit from the Krampus. This Germanic folklore creature is the raging, punitive ying to the sobering, genial, jelly bellied yang of Santa Claus.

See, the Krampus doesn’t cop to this namby pamby you’ve-been-bad-so-you-get-coal-in-your-stocking nonsense. No. He needs to see the wicked punished. And he aims to do it his darn self. Getting all up in your face… one naughty house at a time, kidnapping awful children and eating them.

Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.

So, just in case you were wondering where your sister went. Much more Krampus action, including a few videos of Krampus cosplay over at Cryptomundo.


3 Responses to “Hopefully, You Were Not Visited by Santa’s Demon Equivalent this Christmas”

  1. Tony Ley Says:

    LOVE the Krampus. Check out the movie Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale for a fun take on the pagan legends of St. Nick. Be warned…a lot of old man junk will waggle in your eyes near the end.

  2. Firefox Says:

    Reminds me of the Venture Brothers Christmas Special from a couple years ago.

  3. mxyzptlk Says:

    Here’s a cavalcade of Krampus characters.: