Krampus, popular throughout Europe, is usually described as a black devil who accompanies St. Nicholas and punishes disobedient children.
Krampus, popular throughout Europe, is usually described as a black devil who accompanies St. Nicholas and punishes disobedient children. Parents warn their children that Krampus will carry them away if they don't behave.
The legend surrounding this character varies depending on which region you hear it from. In Austria he is Krampus, in Germany Knecht Ruprecht, and in Holland Black Peter.
Krampus was a well known Christmas Figure in Europe in earlier years, when he was pictured as the Companion of St. Nicholas. While "Santa" give out the gifts and rewards - it was Krampus" who punished the naughty chiildren.
Even today, there is a hint of the Krampus Message, in the popular song that is sung about Santa Claus. The lines "You Better Watch Out" - "You Better Not Cry"
In Europe, pictures of Santa and Krampus were
frequently found on Christmas Postcards and also on Christmas Greeting Cards.
Bad children were carted off in the pail or sack of Krampus. Good Children were rewarded with presents from Old St. Nick
Europe is filled with the Legends of Krampus - who whips naughty kids - and sometimes even takes them away. Greetings from Krampus - was a common theme for Christmas time in Europe.