Where I grew up we did not only have ST Nicolas but also Krampus a scary figure that would punish you if you had been bad or even take you away in his sack.At AmusingPlanet there
is a great article about this tradition.
Christmas is coming and do you know what it means? Santa Claus is coming with your presents, kids! Well, Santa Claus has been around hanging in homes or chilling at public spaces for weeks to remind everyone that his special holiday is on the way. However, he isn’t the only one who wants to give kids presents or a high five. Meet Krampus, Santa Claus’s (originally Saint Nicholas) other half, and he’s on his way to give not presents but a good whipping on naughty kids and adults.
Krampus is a horned, anthromorphic creature who punishes the misbehaving kids, unlike Saint Nicholas who gives gifts to the good ones. Created by Austro-Bavarian folklore, the character’s origins were quite unclear but as some pagan elements and holidays were blended with Christianity, Krampus is believed to be a pagan supernatural that assimilated to the Christian devil as a counterpart to St. Nicholas.
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