The Twelve Days of Christmas Folklore &History: The Sixth Day

On the Sith Day of my Christmas holiday my employer gave to me….oh my god what’s that!

Okay so, I said I was going to talk about some folklore on this folklore Christmas blog series, so let’s talk about some Folklore. Just…just don’t look into his eyes and everything should be okay.

Appearing in the visage of a monstrous goat man in the Central and Eastern Alpine Folklore – Krampus was said to join Saint Nicolas in visiting houses on December 5th. While Good old St. Nick would give presents like oranges and chocolate to the good kids, Krampus would punish the bad ones by hitting them with birch sticks.

Which is certainly not nice, but it’s a bit of a leap from that to…well…we’ve all seen the film.

You haven’t?

Oh you should, it’s really good.

And since I can’t seem to stop myself let’s end on a bit of history.

While people have theorised that the myth of Krampus has pre-Cristian roots, particularly in traditional Alpine traditions – what with the celebrations involving him dating back to at least the 6th or 7th century – there is no written sources of him until the end of the 16th century.

Like always if I’ve left anything out or gotten something wrong, mention it down below in the comments. It’s why I have them.

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3 thoughts on “The Twelve Days of Christmas Folklore &History: The Sixth Day

  1. Nice one Lassie, I’m fairly familiar with Krampus. If memory serves right, the pre-Christian Krampus was more of protector against evil spirits during the winter months, and was based on/inspired by a few different pagan deities. I also remember that before Santa was said to give lumps of coal to bad children, it was believed until the 19th Century that bad children would be taken away by Krampus, kind of a Holiday Boogeyman type thing, so children were probably more well behaved back then. Krampus was also the inspiration for a tradition in Canada of a similar nature.

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  2. Oh … Krampus and Nikolaus. Yes, Krampus runs and parades are still popular in Austria and I miss the chain rattling and bells here in Germany days before December 5th by small groups wandering the villages and towns. They can be kind of scary, of course, especially for kids. But when you grow up with it … it’s just part of the tradition.

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