Krampus Fever appears to be taking off this year and I'm not sure why. I thought everybody knew about Krampus, playing Hyde to Santa Claus' Jekyll. It's fairly simple: if you're a good kid, Santa brings a sack and takes toys out of it to give to you. If you're a bad kid, Krampus takes you and puts you in his sack and takes you home, where he will take you home and eat you. Or turn you into paste. Or bury you in Rox's crawlspace. Whatever he's going to do, you're not going to like it.
And we worry we're traumatizing kids if we threaten to call Santa Claus to snitch on them. Bah.
However, the notion of the Krampus appears to be slowly making its way to the U.S. I especially like the Krampuslauf, where a bunch of people prowl/parade through the streets dressed as the Krampus. To give demonstrations, I've provided two excellent videos from this year and last year. The costumes these guys wear are pretty badass. In fact, these vids remind me a bit of the Procession of the Ghouls in NYC. I think the Krampuslauf should be right up there with the Zombie Walk as an annual event in pretty much every major city. What say you?
P.S. One last question--is the plural of Krampus "Krampi"?
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The plural of Krampus is "Kramps". And I use an Elf-on-the-Shelf to ward away Krampus. Because I've heard "My Doll" is good for Kramps! (A long way to go for a not very clever or funny pun. "T'is the Season to be Jolly!")
Comment by Russ Rogers — December 19, 2011 @ 10:47 am