thecartbeforethehorse.blogspot.com is one of my favorite blogs and they posted this recently I just had to share!!!
“Krampus is a sort of anti-Santa, a demon who comes to punish children who misbehave during the year. Krampus Night is celebrated on the eve of St. Nicholas Day in Europe, particularly in Austria. NPR’s Peter Crimmins writes, “The Krampus is a character from European Alpine folklore, common in Austria and Switzerland. The creature stands on two hooves and has horns growing out of its skull. An extremely long tongue hangs out of its mouth, and it carries a basket to haul away naughty children. For hundreds of years, the Krampus and Saint Nicholas have worked a kind of good cop-bad cop routine. Saint Nick rewards the good children; Krampus terrorizes the bad. “”
– Jo from Cart Before The Horse –
Incredible how different Christmas is celebrated around the world.
I must confess I would love to go to one of theses festivals.