Krampus, The Christmas Demon

Krampus, The Christmas Demon

It's the most horrifying time of the year. Let Devan explain just why that is.

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I have always loved the story of Krampus, it is so deliciously... balancing, I guess. Makes getting a lump of coal seem like a blessing.

I'm working on a Krampus mask for (Halloween? Xmas?) next year, but I'll want to try to mimic the goat legs if I can... I wanted to originally make a dumpy satyr costume, which is to say, I just wanted to dress myself as a satyr, but a Krampus costume looks a lot warmer. And meaner.

Forgive me for asking, but is this legit? I mean I know my fair share about the history of Christmas mythology, but I'd never even heard of Krampus until that episode of American Dad, and honestly thought he was just made up for the show.

Plus, given how cynical and jaded our society has become, Krampus just feels like a modern "counter-Christmas" creation.

Jonathan Hornsby:
Forgive me for asking, but is this legit? I mean I know my fair share about the history of Christmas mythology, but I'd never even heard of Krampus until that episode of American Dad, and honestly thought he was just made up for the show.

Plus, given how cynical and jaded our society has become, Krampus just feels like a modern "counter-Christmas" creation.

It's an older tradition in parts of Europe - for real! - but one that didn't end up transplanted into the Anglosphere when Christmas became a huge deal, culturally, in the 1800s. In recent years it has become much more popular here. It's longstanding and probably has roots to pagan traditions before the full Christianization of Germanic countries and parts of Scandinavia. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus

Watching Adult Swim last night... they're running something called Kristmas With Krampus.

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Jonathan Hornsby:
Forgive me for asking, but is this legit? I mean I know my fair share about the history of Christmas mythology, but I'd never even heard of Krampus until that episode of American Dad, and honestly thought he was just made up for the show.

Plus, given how cynical and jaded our society has become, Krampus just feels like a modern "counter-Christmas" creation.

Oh yes, krampus is real... If you know what I mean.

So does this mean now the USA are now becoming aware of jolly old krampus that he will have his own grotto next to his Best buddy St Nick?

St Nick: Ho! Ho! Ho! Have you been a good boy?

Kid: shut it and give me my present!

St Nick: Oh dear. Oh very, very dear. I think you better go next door if you want your present.

Goes next grotto

Kid: where's my present b*tch!

Krampus: say what m********k? You f****r is so f****d! GET IN MY SACK!!! GET IN TO MY M***********ING SAKE YOU SH*T!!!

luvd1:

So does this mean now the USA are now becoming aware of jolly old krampus that he will have his own grotto next to his Best buddy St Nick?

St Nick: Ho! Ho! Ho! Have you been a good boy?

Kid: shut it and give me my present!

St Nick: Oh dear. Oh very, very dear. I think you better go next door if you want your present.

Goes next grotto

Kid: where's my present b*tch!

Krampus: say what m********k? You f****r is so f****d! GET IN MY SACK!!! GET IN TO MY M***********ING SAKE YOU SH*T!!!

I'm not going to lie; I want this to start happening at malls across America.

I'm a bit baffled by the American Krampus phenomenon. I spent more than a few years of my youth living in Deutschland and Krampus was something we had in my family's Christmas tradition. No one in the States even knew what the heck I was talking about when I'd bring him up. I wonder what's sparked Krampus becoming a seemingly sudden addition to Christmas here.

Krampus isn't really mentioned in Canada or the US, but Krampus Runs are sometimes observed in the Prairies, owing to these provinces' fairly high concentration of German immigrants. I already knew about him, but I'd always considered him as a mildly subversive take on Christmas' overdose of cheer. Dig around a bit, and you'll find American Krampus cards dating back to the twenties and thirties, mostly dialing his Hell-beast cred down to Santa's more salacious and punishment-focused counterpart.

It didn't catch on, though, what with Rule 34 content involving Santa being a dime a dozen. It seems easier for most people to imagine Saint Nick having a bawdy side than to consider that he's balanced out by a womanizing creep who whips naughty kids back into shape.

Thanks for the article! I have grown up in Austria and I vaguely remember being really scared of the Krampus, when I was a little kid. I don't remember much, but I think Nikolaus and Krampus usually showed up together on the 6th of December(at school and at home), even though the official day for Krampus is the 5th (with the 6th being for St.Nikolaus).

The 24th is reserved for the "Christkind" (the child of christmas), of course. I don't remember the bell in connection with the Nikolaus. At least at my home the bell was used by our parents to trick us into thinking, that the "Christkind" had arrived with our presents.

Anyway, in terms of scaring children, god has nothing on the Krampus ;-)

the December King:
I have always loved the story of Krampus, it is so deliciously... balancing, I guess. Makes getting a lump of coal seem like a blessing.

I'm working on a Krampus mask for (Halloween? Xmas?) next year, but I'll want to try to mimic the goat legs if I can... I wanted to originally make a dumpy satyr costume, which is to say, I just wanted to dress myself as a satyr, but a Krampus costume looks a lot warmer. And meaner.

Just in case you're open for suggestions, I'm pretty sure a pair of powerskips (or whatever the things are called) could be turned into passable goat legs - given, of course, some skill and creativity!

busterkeatonrules:

Just in case you're open for suggestions, I'm pretty sure a pair of powerskips (or whatever the things are called) could be turned into passable goat legs - given, of course, some skill and creativity!

Those, are, FASCINATING! I'm definitely going to look into the potential on these.

A way, way better idea than mine.

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Which was to strike a deal with Jesus in an arcane ritual.

moosemaimer:
Watching Adult Swim last night... they're running something called Kristmas With Krampus.

I'll have to check that out. [AS] has had a fascination with Krampus for a while now. I remember Krampus showing up during the first Venture Brothers Christmas special.

the December King:

busterkeatonrules:

Just in case you're open for suggestions, I'm pretty sure a pair of powerskips (or whatever the things are called) could be turned into passable goat legs - given, of course, some skill and creativity!

Those, are, FASCINATING! I'm definitely going to look into the potential on these.

A way, way better idea than mine.

...

Which was to strike a deal with Jesus in an arcane ritual.

It's always a good idea to have a backup plan.

Anyway, I just remembered: I'm pretty sure I've seen a somewhat taller version of those things (they may or may not be called 'spring stilts' or something similar). These would likely look more proportionally correct and thus be easier to hide.

This is the first I've ever heard of Krampus and I honestly wish that here in the States he was more relevant. A fun article to read and an interesting tradition.

ryukage_sama:

moosemaimer:
Watching Adult Swim last night... they're running something called Kristmas With Krampus.

I'll have to check that out. [AS] has had a fascination with Krampus for a while now. I remember Krampus showing up during the first Venture Brothers Christmas special.

"Hey fancy-pants... I've been naughty!"[another epic Brock beatdown ensues] Yeah, that one's a Christmas classic for me now.

It sounds like the Krampus is totally metal as fuck! Threatening horrific pain to the wicked withSt. Nicholas himself pulling on his chain. Well, better him than Holland's Santa sidekick, Black Peter. What is he, Santa's African slave?! Looking at pictures of him makes me think at some point he'll pull a banjo out of his ass and sing "Mammy" or "Camptown Ladies".

IamLEAM1983:

It didn't catch on, though, what with Rule 34 content involving Santa being a dime a dozen. It seems easier for most people to imagine Saint Nick having a bawdy side than to consider that he's balanced out by a womanizing creep who whips naughty kids back into shape.

I figure if anyone's more suited for Rule 34, it's the Krampus.

Here in Croatia, you are supposed to clean your boots and put them next to a window on December 5 so St. Nikola (based on an actual historic bishop, not Santa Claus) can leave you presents in them on December 6. If you've been bad, the Krampus leaves you a whipping stick. The person who brings presents on December 25 (or New Year's Day for some people) is called "Grandpa Frost" and if your family is very religious, it's "Little Jesus" who brings the presents.

Major_Tom:
Here in Croatia, you are supposed to clean your boots and put them next to a window on December 5 so St. Nikola (based on an actual historic bishop, not Santa Claus) can leave you presents in them on December 6. If you've been bad, the Krampus leaves you a whipping stick. The person who brings presents on December 25 (or New Year's Day for some people) is called "Grandpa Frost" and if your family is very religious, it's "Little Jesus" who brings the presents.

My family always celebrated that tradition on the 5th. We called it St. Nick, as in the feast day of Saint Nicholas. I didn't hear about the Krampus part until the Venture Brothers though.

Krampus is kind of interesting but i prefer the pre-christian version of santa clause since a eight legged horse is way more bad ass than eight tiny reindeer and a gandalf like figure is way better than some jolly fat man in red and white

Devan Sagliani:
Krampus, The Christmas Demon

It's the most horrifying time of the year. Let Devan explain just why that is.

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My first exposure to the Krampus was because of the Venture Bros. Christmas Special. I've never laughed so damn hard in my life I think. I almost ruptured my spleen... I assume it was my spleen, it hurt in that vicinity for days afterwards.
Anyway, I don't know why I hadn't known about the Krampus before as my family has roots in the legend's colloquial area and my great grandmother on that side was very... odd. I may have heard the story of the Krampus as a very young child but don't remember it well because of the fog of years. Might be why the whole idea of the Krampus speaks to me at a core level.

Gorrath:
I'm a bit baffled by the American Krampus phenomenon. I spent more than a few years of my youth living in Deutschland and Krampus was something we had in my family's Christmas tradition. No one in the States even knew what the heck I was talking about when I'd bring him up. I wonder what's sparked Krampus becoming a seemingly sudden addition to Christmas here.

We realized our kids started acting out really bad this time of year. Anyone who works in retail knows exactly what I'm talking about.

I got the introduction from American Dad too so I'll just leave this here.

It sucks that there isnt an actual video of it but the song is still nice

iblis666:
Krampus is kind of interesting but i prefer the pre-christian version of santa clause since a eight legged horse is way more bad ass than eight tiny reindeer and a gandalf like figure is way better than some jolly fat man in red and white

Did you just call Odin the pre-christian santa claus?

Has somebody tried to make a Christmas Horror movie with this character?

I really was wondering why that tradition is hyped so much lately. But what most get wrong is that there is not "the" Krampus, but that Krampusses ("Krampusse") are part of the Tradition. Its not an Individual character. They usually move in Packs or Hordes and only split up to get into the houses.
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CaitSeith:
Has somebody tried to make a Christmas Horror movie with this character?

There was one last year called Krampus the Christmas Devil but it didn't do very well. Perhaps a bigger budget would help, and bigger actors, and a new script, etc...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qaJMgNQBos

Ah, the Krampus. What a jolly fellow. I can't remember when I first heard heard of him, (possible the Venture Bros. special) but he sure has shown up a lot in North American media lately. He even got a mention in the Christmas Tree of Might, the best holiday special to ever exist:

tetarga:

iblis666:
Krampus is kind of interesting but i prefer the pre-christian version of santa clause since a eight legged horse is way more bad ass than eight tiny reindeer and a gandalf like figure is way better than some jolly fat man in red and white

Did you just call Odin the pre-christian santa claus?

yes because it is true

I think you forgot to mention a very important aspect of the Krampuslauf.
I have participated in one once (I am from Austria - it is called Perchtenlauf here)
- there is actually a purpose in running around as a beast:
The horrible monsters are running around to scare bad spirits away .... everybody knows it is people in costumes, but the evil spirits do not ...
So it is basically a very fun way of exorcism ... the more you know :)

(Disclaimer: This might be a regional thing for Austria)

and this is why I keep a set of horns with my santa hat at work. Growling 'you've been naughty' at disorderly nightdwellers tends to make them scamper.

 

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