The Origin of Krampus

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Krampus. this name very likely brings back memories of the horror movie that had a great ending involving a double skye out. (in case you are wondering I did not watch the movie just the cinema sins.) But where did the idea of evil santa come from? well originally Krampus himself historically comes around the night of December 5, tagging along with St. Nicholas. He visits houses all night with his saintly pal. While St. Nick is on hand to put candy in the shoes of good kids and birch twigs in the shoes of the bad, Krampus’ particular specialty is punishing naughty children. Legend has it that throughout the Christmas season, misbehaved kids are beaten with birch branches or can disappear, stuffed into Krampus’ sack and hauled off to his lair to be tortured or eaten. This kind gentleman was originally of pagan creation. he was still santa’s helper and since santa was also not the nicest guy he and krampus where basically on the same level they both  tortured and beat naughty children. they also both game good children presents and candy. Krampus was just literally santa helper so that santa could get too all the kids houses. but believe it or not that was not the beginning of krampus In fact, Krampus’ roots have nothing to do with Christmas. Instead, they date back to pre-Germanic paganism in the region. His name originates with the German krampen, which means “claw,” and tradition has it that he is the son of the Norse god of the underworld, Hel. During the 12th century, the Catholic Church attempted to banish Krampus celebrations because of his resemblance to the devil. More eradication attempts followed in 1934 at the hands of Austria’s conservative Christian Social Party. Despite all of this he now is a well know and sometimes feared christmas force.