How the Germans use Christmas to terrify children

The Germans have a (not entirely undeserved) reputation for being a harsh people.

The example for the holiday season? Krampus.

Krampus is basically St. Nick’s enforcer. Or, to put it other terms, St. Nick’s promise of toys and treats for good behavior is the carrot, and Krampus’ penchant for kidnapping, enslaving, and ultimately murdering children is the stick.

It’s more prominent in the Alpine regions of southern Germany and Austria, but is known across the country. And the Germans have pretty Christmas cards, just like we do in the states, but they also have Krampus cards.

He’s got some mean wheels, though.

So here’s to Krampus! The Grinch that stole Christmas has nothing on Krampus. I mean, he just stole presents and the roast beast, but didn’t go for any enslavement or murder.

Krampus day is December 5; mark your calendars for next year!


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  1. Anna Gall / Deano

    Is there any market for t-shirts, ball-caps, hoodies, boxer-shorts featuring Krampus?? I think I smell a BIG market!! And, who’s up on fine German motorcycles?? Is that a BMW R75 w/sidecar, or a Zundapp (umlauted u in that) KS750 with sidecar?? I’ll bet we could make a fortune — in $US or Euros with embroidered leather vests to sell to biker clubs/gangs/societies etc!! How about it, Mrs. Cotterpin?? Want to launch into these types of clothing?? And it just sets up a great canvas for fun-lovin’, comical captions– “rock little horsey, rock faster!!” Or the last frame- a true Harlequin Romance– Mrs. St. Nick is A-S-H-A-M-E-D – getting caught by St.Nick who’s just returned home– and she’s been getting french’d by Krampus’ 18-inch tongue!!! OH, the drama! — love you guys– Deano & Anna

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