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It's Krampus time!!!??..huh?

"Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish bad children during the Christmas season, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards nice ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus <<<But seriously, WTF???

krampus tree | On these picture postcards KRAMPUS is shown as a chain-rattling, hairy ...

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Vintage Krampus Postcard

Gruss vom Krampus!

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Vintage Christmas Krampus Postcard by riptheskull

Krampus lore has it that, if a child’s reputation for naughtiness was bad enough, they might even be snatched by the Krampus, put into the basket on his back, and either taken to a nearby river and drowned, or perhaps even be taken back to Hell with him. (This whimsical little “tradition,” of course, from the culture that brought us the children-eating witch in Hansel and Gretel.) Note the “Satan” label on the bumper of this Krampus’ sled, and the “Zur Holle” traffic sign on the left… “To Hell.”

Krampus is also a talented puppeteer - who knew?

vintage german krampus