Winter Solstice is more frightening than Halloween. One night of costumed candy-begging doesn’t even come close to the Krampus’ reign of Yuletide terror…
Since we first wrote about this sinister counterpoint to jolly old St. Nick in 2008, there has been a renewal of interest in the Chrismas Krampus. You can even buy holiday cards and gear online. Beware the Krampus!
The name Krampus comes from the Old High German word for claw, apparently referring to just one of this being’s scary attributes. Other less-than-friendly features include a long, long tongue, shaggy black hair/fur, goat’s head with horns, and cloven feet. Krampus was usually equipped with a bundle of birch twigs (for beating naughty children), chains (for capturing naughty children) and a pack basket on his back (for abducting naughty children).
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