Meet Krampus, The Anti-Santa
Santa is the character synonymous with the Christmas season, but there's another character to know about-on the dark side. Krampus is the centuries-old Christmas devil creature that comes out every December 5th, known as Krampusnacht. On this night, the German legend has it that Krampus visits the children who have been naughty over the last year. He would then take these wicked children back to his lair. A modern take on this tradition in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic involves drunken men dressed up in handmade Krampus costumes to chase people through the streets for a Krampuslauf-a Krampus Run.
from The New York Times
Key Facts In This Video
Krampus, the evil Christmas devil, is the antithesis of Santa. (0:42)
Legend has it, Krampus will visit children during the holiday season if they have done something bad over the year. (1:01)
Krampus is a centuries-old tradition in Germany and Austria. (3:54)