I don’t need an Elf on the Shelf, I have a friend in Krampus. Krampus is a product of Austria. The word Krampus comes from the German word Krampen, which means pickaxe. Norse mythology says Krampus is the son of Hel. Krampus is big, furry, sharp teeth and hooves for feet.

Krampusnacht or Krampus Night is on December 5th, where Krampus searches for naughty children. December 6th is Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day when St. Nicholas comes to town to deliver presents. Many cultures have their children leave their shoes outside (shoes need to be clean), if the child has been good, they will find fruit or candy in their shoes, if the child has been a problem, they will find a rod. On Christmas day, Krampus will punish the children who had rods in their shoes.

Krampus is St. Nicholas’s helper in countries like Croatia, St. Nicholas, and Krampus will walk into town arm and arm on December 5th. There are festivals in Europe honoring this horned beast. Throughout history, Krampus has been banned in the past, by the German and Austrian Governments and the Catholic Church. However, the tradition of Krampus has held on and is starting to become a hit in the United States. Unfortunately, there are many horrible movies based on Krampus.

The purpose of Krampus is to scare children into good behavior. Krampus is not different than Elf on the Shelf, threatening children with no gifts and punishing children for inappropriate behavior. The main difference is Krampus has personality and works directly with St. Nicholas. I’ve cleaned my shoes, put them on the porch waiting for Krampus to be a rod in them. I’m joking. I’m such a delight. I’m sure St. Nicholas will leave me fruit.

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A freelance writer and blogger who has spent 30 years in library service. A ghost hunter at heart and a lover of the macabre. I'm a writer of plays, monologue, and poetry for community theatre. Most importantly, be positive and love life.

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