He Knows if You've Been Bad...
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.
Joe Toschik is the Public Services Librarian at Half Moon Bay Library who struggles to stay off the "Naughty List."