Everyone knows that around Christmas time you have to be extra good, because if you’re not Santa won’t bring you any presents. Well… what if you were treated to a punishment rather than the reward system for bad behaviour? What if in fact there were serious… life threatening… consequences for being bad. In such a case we would meet the Krampus.
The Christmas Krampus is a mythological figure that appears in some mountainous-regioned European traditions. The Krampus accompanies Santa on his night long journey, and while Good Ol’ St. Nick gives good little boys and girls presents, Krampus on the other hand punishes bad children and warns them to be good. If he finds any particularly bad children, he stuffs them in a bag and steals the children away to maybe eat them later on. I bet you’re wishing for the coal now aren’t ya.
The Christmas Krampus looks kind of like a little devil. Some interpretations have sort of a yeti look, others a more traditional devil, complete with hooves and horns.
There are some histories and further information on these pages here.