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Naughty & Nice: Goat-Headed Holiday Cheer!

Hey, I think this is even better than the "bowlful of jelly(fish)" holiday images that were posted recently...

If St. Nick rewards the good children at Christmas, who takes care of the naughty ones? Krampus of course! In the Alpine regions the Krampus, from the Old High German word for claw, is represented by a furry, long tongued demon figure in the company of Saint Nicholas. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, and roam the streets frightening children (and adults) with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes slight birchings (what did you think that bundle of switches was for?) by the Krampus, especially of young females.

more Wiki info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companions_of_Saint_Nicholas

There are some great vintage holiday postcard images making the blog rounds, as well as Krampas costuming galleries.
Check out this marvelous thread at: http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2007_12_02_archive.html
More random (mostly vintage) images I snagged online: http://usera.imagecave.com/cloverr/krumpas/

But without further ramble, here are a couple of the rather more steampunk appropriate Krampus Kristmas images:

(from this flickr albumn


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
aha! my friends did not believe my stories of the Krampus, and here is everything I need to prove that it exists (at least, in the mythological sense).

now, link me to those "bowlful of jelly(fish)" holiday images
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh thank goodness! something christmas related that isn't cuddly & fluffy. I couldn't think of anything apart from Jack Frost & The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Next year our tree may well have a plushie krampus on it. :-)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think there were a few people on this list at the bazaar with Krampus. My big regret was not taking a photo with Krampus.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
thanks a lot for teaching us the Krampus-Story.
He didn't used to come to our house with the Nikolaus (German "version" of Santa Claus who came always on 6th December into our house) but I saw him sometimes on public Nikolaus visitings. Most of the time as dragic comical character.

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