Sunday, December 6, 2009

Krampus is Coming!

How in the HELL did I manage to exist this long on the planet and not know that last night -December 5th- was the night that Krampus comes to town??? It's like having Halloween again in December!!!

From Wikipedia:
Krampus is a mythical creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas in various regions of the world during the Christmas season. The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature accompanying Saint Nicholas. Krampus acts in conjunction with Saint Nicholas; the latter gives gifts to good children, while the Krampus gives warnings and punishments to the bad children. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching by Krampus, especially of young females.

Here's some different versions of Krampus from the same Wiki page:

And finally, video:

I want a Krampus Parade in downtown Milwaukee and I want it NOW.

Mother Firefly


Jumbo's Lezis said...

Thats awesome, Xmas just took on a new meaning.

Mother Firefly said...

I seriously do not know how I managed to make it to this age and not know about this.

I'm not big on traveling during holidays but I may have to add "Krampus Festival and Parade" on my travel wish list.

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