Krampus

Legendary horned half goat, half demon that punishes bad children during the Christmas season.

In Austro-Bavarian Alipne folklore there is a tale of a bipedal, horned, half-goat, half-demon who during Christmas season punishes naughty misbehaving children.

Originally thought to have been a symbol of pagan legend and by the 17th century he had been incorporated into Christian winter celebrations. In many places he was paired with St. Nicholas as a kind of “anti-Santa”.

After the Austrian Civil War of 1934 the Christian Social Party banned any and all traditions involving the Krampus. In fact, it wouldn’t be until the end of the century that the Krampus began to find an attention that is still enjoys today.

This new found popularity has lead to a few and very rare Krampus sightings, but none have ever been substantiated.