When I was a lad, we celebrated the holiday season by holding hands and singing carols about togetherness. We were sure to be good little children, to do exactly what our parents told us. We knew the real meaning of the season, all right. The songs helped us remember: “you better watch out, you better […]
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Tonight is Krampusnacht, the night when the wild hairy trickster of Yule goes cavorting around in the darkest shadows of the year.
They’re Krampusing in Chicago, and in Bloomington, too. Hell, they’re even putting on horns in Charlotte.
Graveyard Dirt writes, “Krampus is often described as a spirit of Christmas, but in truth, the character […]
If you’re like me, your life is already overflowing with holly-jolly. I fear that, if I have to hear Mariah Carey sing to me about what she wants for Christmas one more time, I will spend the rest of December in a soundproof underground bunker.
I enjoy a view of the open sky, so I […]
It’s five days to KrampusNacht, that traditional European holiday on which the Krampus beast roams the streets patting the two well-behaved children on the head and running after the remainder with birch switches.
How can you encourage respect for that Old-Time Religion (it’s good enough for you!) among the youth of today?
Make them a […]
It’s six short days to KrampusNacht, the night when St. Nicholas’ predecessor and occasional companion roams through the streets of town, looking for naughty children to punish.
Krampus and the mumming tradition from which he stems predate modern Christmas folklore by many, many years, making Krampus a much more real “Reason for the Season.” […]
We change the culture in little ways every day when we don’t hide our differences. Last December, when my daughter’s elementary school class asked parents to share their family holiday traditions, I shared our family’s tradition of singing a Krampus song. Yesterday, a Valentine’s Day card to my daughter made its way home. How somewhat […]
This year, my daughter’s third-grade class was asked to bring in parents to share family holiday traditions. One of the things my extended family has enjoyed doing over the past four years is singing this “Here Comes Krampus” song when we get together between the solstice and the new year. And so with posterboard in […]
It’s not strictly tied to the calendar, but December 5 is a traditional Krampustag (Day of Krampus) in which the creature historically associated with the old Yuletide stories makes his way through European towns and cities engaged in a bit of fun. “Fun” is a word that originally described trickery, quick-footed fooling or some other […]
Vlad the Impaler contests his legal status as a non-human fiend, given that, although he is now an undead creature of the night, he was born a human being. Both Krampus and Vlad the Impaler are expected to appear in the 6th Circuit Court tomorrow, where the legal status of Vlad the Impaler will be decided. […]