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It's Krampusnacht so if you've been bad this year you should probably hide

Krampusnacht is December 5 so you really
need to watch out

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger 

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why – you can forget about Santa Claus coming to town for a minute. It’s Krampusnacht and he’s coming to collect the bad ones.

An illustration of Krampus, a half-goat, half-demon beast in Germanic Folklore, carrying two children
Photo: Christmas FM

Krampus is a mythical beast that is half-demon and half-goat. Fangs, horns and adorned with cowbells on his waist, he carries a switch made of birch sticks meant for whipping or swatting naughty children before carrying them off to his lair in his sack.

We love this creature of pre-Germanic folklore who arrives just in time for the terrible ones annually on December 5. Not everyone can be good, for goodness' sake. Krampus is the polar opposite persona of St. Nicholas, who rewards good children on December 6. So, all the golden ones have to wait a bit longer to reap rewards. 

Smithsonian.com describes the annual Krampus Parade in Lienz, Austria which is also known as the Krampuslauf, or Krampus Run—as “having a resurgence throughout Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, and has gained recognition in the United States.”

Krampus is both feared and celebrated, as he makes his journey across the pond and infiltrates the hearts and minds of Americans during the most wonderful time of the year.

Krampus is the inspiration for our upcoming winter mug, coming soon. The medallion of this mug depicts Krampus and includes and includes his horns, fangs, and sticks to punish those who have been bad during the year. If there’s any reason to be good, it’s to keep Krampus away. Or don’t, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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