Here’s a not-so-jolly, alt version of Christmas in a time when the truth doesn’t matter, just opinion. Can you imagine Krampus parade near you scaring the children into being good?
Once the mythic bogeyman of European Catholic childhoods and long presented as the opposite of Santa Claus, Krampus is a growing presence in American culture. With the appearance of the demonic Christmas character Krampus in contemporary Hollywood movies, television shows, advertisements, and greeting cards, medieval folklore Krampus-related events and parades in North America and Europe, Krampus is a growing phenomenon.
The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil was released earlier this year in paperback for $16.05.
Of course, there’s a Krampus bike and I told a story about it once, when I met Chavez in Sun Valley.