Santa’s Horned Helper: The Fearsome Legend of Krampus, Christmas Punisher

Tomorrow night is Krampus night!

“In ancient times, a dark, hairy, horned beast was said to show up at the door… The Krampus could be heard in the night by the sound of his echoing cloven hooves and his rattling iron chains. The strangest part was that he was in league with Santa Claus.

The Christmas Terror

The unnerving beast was no demon, however. He was the mythical Krampus, companion to Saint Nicholas (known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, etc.) While Saint Nicholas now has the reputation of loving all children and visiting them at Christmastime, judging their character and giving gifts to the ‘nice’ ones and lumps of coal to the ‘naughty’ ones, Krampus plays the dangerous sidekick.”

Source: Santa’s Horned Helper: The Fearsome Legend of Krampus, Christmas Punisher

SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 22, 2014

SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA – NOVEMBER 22, 2014

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