Nightmare Before Christmas

Jocelyn Anaya, Staff reporter

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jocelyn Anaya, Staff Reporter


In Western and Central Europe, Christmas is around the corner. Children that have been good all year recieve presents while, in some other countries they recieve coal in their stockings or no gifts at all due to their bad behavior. Christmas in Europe however, has an evil twist.


Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic creature that has been described as half a goat and half demon. Some people would refer Krampus as  Saint Nicholas’s Demonic Companion.


According to Mental floss, Krampus is a Christmas demon. He punishes any misbehaving children.

December 6, belongs to Krampus. This day is called Krampusnacht. People dress up by putting on carved wooden masks, cowbells, chains, and claborate costumes.


“Participants run through town in a Krampuslauf (Krampus run), frightening and sometimes beating bystanders.” Says Jess Zimmerman from Mental Floss. A writer that experienced this day to the fullest.

According to legend, Krampus would visit every house and punish children that have been awfully bad that year.

Sometimes Krampus would leave bundles of sticks in stockings if they have been on the naughty list. He would vern hit them with sticks. He would toss them into a sack or basket onto his back and he would even throw them into a stream, Also he would send them straight down to hell.


During the day, Krampus masks are a big deal in the folktale.


“Traditionally, the masks worn in a krampus procession are made of wood,hand carved by specialist artisans”. According to Zimmerman


These Antique masks often end up in the museums or folklore museums. The towns of Germany, Kitzbuhel and Stallofen have a museums dedicated to Krampus. In these museums they contain his history. The masks are passed down from centuries (starting 1981) and costumes.


To this day, December 6 is a day for Krampus . In the streets of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, Men who are drunk still dress as Krampus and reenact the violence that was once used in the 1900’s.