Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CREEPY CHRISTMAS: You better watch out, you better not shout Krampus Claus is coming to town

Everyone loves a good Christmas story during the Holiday season.  Stories of the good deeds of Santa have been swirling around for centuries. Parents eagerly tell their children to be good, so that Santa brings them lots of goodies. We kind of scare our kids into thinking Santa can punish you by not bringing naughty children gifts. Nothing like the threat of no toys to scare kids into behaving ..right? Where did that start? Its kinda mean right? Well give yourself a break because those are idle threats compared to the story of Krampus aka Santa's evil twin. 
In Austria parents have Krampus in their bag of tricks. 
 "The people in the Alpine regions of Europe dreamt
up the most terrifying anti-Santa of them all; The Krampus.  For generations, parents in Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia frightened their children into being good by telling them blood-curdling tales of The Krampus.  If they were good, they could expect Saint Nicolas to bring them treats.  But if they were bad, the Krampus would show up instead and whip them with sticks and chains.  And if they were really bad, the demon would stuff them into the basket he carried on his back and take them down to hell." source

Apparently today in Germany and Austria its not uncommon for men to dress up as Krampus and scare the children. I don't know about you but, nothing says Merry Christmas like a great horned, hairy, chain dragging,  beast!!

Happy Holidays!!

Some pretty funny videos on Krampus you may wanna check out.....they had me laughing anyway:

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