He Knows if You've Been Bad...


 

Graphic of Krampus.Merry Christmas?

In the Alpine regions of some European countries (Germany, Austria, and Italy come to mind), there lives a creature who can be viewed either as the Anti-Santa or Santa's Helper. I'm speaking, of course, of Krampus: The Yule Lord. In the snowy regions, children who've been naughty get a whipping from Krampus. According to other traditions he dismembers and eats them. You choose.

Krampus, How Do I Love Thee?

During the 19th century, Krampus seized many popular imaginations and even became the subject of a set of popular postcards. The Devil in Design: The Krampus Postcards offers many colorful examples. From the Hills Below the City includes a musical tribute to Krampus. Anthony Bourdain has created a heartwarming, animated film about Krampus: A Krampus Carol. And finally, for those who just can't get enough Krampus, there is the Krampuslauf Graz 2014.

 

Author Bio:

Joe Toschik is the Public Services Librarian at Half Moon Bay Library who struggles to stay off the "Naughty List."


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