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Krampus - beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.

Krampus - beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.

On the Feast of St. Nicholas in  Mitterndorf, Austria. St Nicholas on a white horse parades through the village on a white horse followed by these bad guys, the Grumpus, who warn the kids to be good -- or else!

On the Feast of St. Nicholas in Mitterndorf, Austria. St Nicholas on a white horse parades through the village on a white horse followed by these bad guys, the Grumpus, who warn the kids to be good -- or else!

Alice Wanke: Krampus, 1915 Krampus, a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance, has roots in Germanic folklore Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten

Alice Wanke: Krampus, 1915 Krampus, a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance, has roots in Germanic folklore Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten

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