Monday, December 5, 2011

Advent Calendar

(Image courtesy of riptheskull)


In certain cultures, December 5 is Krampus Night.

From the ever helpful Wikipedia:

"Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries.[1] According to legend, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.  In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria and southern Bavaria, especially the market town Berchtesgaden, during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.[2]"

Yikes. Krampus is way more frightening than a lump of coal.


  1. I'm loving this advent calendar idea. That krampus picture is classic.

  2. Thanks Michele! It's been fun to do. The Krampus picture reminds me of something out of one of the Baldwin collection books we looked at in "Into the Archive" with Kenneth.