Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Claus vs Krampus

Krampus is Santa's dark companion. While Santa hands out the presents to good boys and girls, Krampus punishes the bad ones, striking them with rusty chains then shoving them in his sack to drag to the underworld. (Really. I'm not making this up! It's a Germanic legend.)

Since we don't hear about Krampus much nowadays, something must have happened. Are children not bad enough? Did Santa or someone do away with him? Is he on an extended leave of absence intending to return one day? Why did he leave and what will happen when he returns? How and why did he become Santa's companion anyway?

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