This article will be covering the Krampus Christmas Devil – a horned creature who is known to beat bad children with a hand full of birch sticks…and if the child is particularly bad…he will drag them down to the underworld…
The Krampus Legend
The Krampus is a strange demon that originates from Germanic folklore – it’s name comes from the German word for claw (krampen).
It’s said to be a tall beast that is covered in long hair, with a head full of horns and a mouth full of fangs.
He is said to carry a chain of bells in one hand, and a hand full of birch sticks in the other (which he uses to beat badly behaved kids!).
Pagan origins state that the bells symbolize the blinding of the Devil in the bible.
The Krampus is looked upon as the complete opposite to Santa Claus in the Alpine countries. Parents often used the idea of him to scare children into being well behaved at Christmas time.
The thought of being eaten, dragged to hell, beaten with birch and whipped within an inch of your life…frequently managed to calm down the most unruly of children.
Even if you are a good child, and only step out of line once…the Krampus could remove your presents and leave only a lump of coal in your stocking.
Krampus Decorations (Krampusnacht)
Over the centuries, the Krampus has become a kind of tradition in certain European countries bordering Germany.
All through the month of December (leading up to the 25th), young men would dress up in Krampus decorations and costumes with the sole purpose of jumping out and frightening young kids.
A surefire way to make sure they stay in line until Christmas Day!
This traditional December ‘fright fest’ is known as Krampusnacht.
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