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9 Facts About Krampus, St. Nick's Demonic Companion

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9 Facts About Krampus, St. Nick's Demonic Companion

Jess Zimmerman

If you don’t know Krampus, you will soon, because this bestial Christmas spirit is invading America. Of course, like anything else that successfully invades America, he’s doing it via TV shows and Hollywood movies, like the newly released film Krampus. So you’re probably safe from his more violent exertions—but it still pays to know what you’re dealing with.

 

1. KRAMPUS IS A CHRISTMAS DEMON.

Who is Krampus? In Austria and across the German-speaking Alpine region, the demonic character is a crucial part of the holiday season. He’s a devilish figure, with long horns and a goaty beard, much like typical portrayals of Satan. You might see him posed harmlessly on a greeting card or reproduced in chocolates or figurines. But you might also encounter a procession of Krampuses stalking through the town, laden with bells and chains, intimidating onlookers or whipping them with bundles of sticks.

 

2. DECEMBER 5 BELONGS TO KRAMPUS. IF YOU SURVIVE, YOU MIGHT GET PRESENTS.

December 5 is Krampusnacht, when Krampus reigns. In the real world, people might attend Krampus balls, or young men from the local Krampusgruppe might don carved wooden masks, cowbells, chains, and elaborate costumes to run through town in a Krampuslauf(Krampus run),

3. KRAMPUS MAY BE A MONSTER, BUT HE PALS AROUND WITH SANTA. Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://mentalfloss.com/article/71999/9-facts-about-krampus-st-nicks-demonic-companion

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