Sunday, December 5, 2010


Today, my children, is December 5th. Now, I know many of you are busy shopping for Christmas, hanging ornaments on the tree and decorating for the big day on the 25th. However...beware. If you haven't been a good boy or girl this year, tonight is the Night of Krampus.
And who, you ask, is Krampus? Glad you asked.

He's the cloven-hoofed, goat-horned demonic creature accompanying St. Nicholas during the Christmas season. His purpose: to scare the living crap out of children everywhere! Particulary Austria, Sweden and parts of Germany.
And he's pretty damn scary-looking.
Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas to the homes of naughty boys and girls, scaring the holy sh!t out of them. 

The tradition of young boys dressing in Krampus-gear and running through the villages is so popular it spawned several yearly festivals and events. Noticeably the festivities focus mainly on consuming large quantities of beer or other alcohol, with fear and mayhem a distant second. Sounds like fun!
But for tonight...lock your doors, turn out the lights and be very, very quiet...Krampus is coming!

Some Krampus links for your pleasure. Or not. It's up to you.
Wikipedia entry.
Krampus: Sinister Sidekick of Santa
Krampus on Flickr and Deviantart.