In Austria and other places, people have been sending postcards with Krampus since the 1800s. Some of them are terrifying, but most are just hilarious.
A lot of bad kids this year...
How do you like them apples?
This is really only a one-person ride, Krampus. Please wait your turn.
Absolutely not awkwardly reproduced from several disparate photographs...
And bad times were had by all.
This is not the way to pick up a child.
He's super-cheery...just walking kids off to hell.
Eyes on the road.
There's also a tradition in Alpine areas of a Krampus run. This is where adults get dressed up as the beast and run through town, usually after imbibing some alcohol. Unlike the cutesy pictures above, these are right out of a horror movie.
Hey there! Just listened to this episode of the podcast (love the podcast by the way) and it occurred to me that maybe, somehow throughout time, Krampus became the reindeer that haul Santa’s sleigh. It would made sense, making the pictures and story line more kid friendly and giving a reason behind the random, “now Santa has elves and reindeer” aspect of the modern Santa Clause story. It’s just a thought, pretty unfounded on anything except the look of the Krampus creature, but a possibility on where the reindeer came from.
That’s an interesting theory, and I think it could be a possibility, but it’s all in the intent of Clement Clarke Moore, the person who wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas. He really helped define a lot of the modern Santa mythos, and I think that’s the first place the reindeer were mentioned. Glad you like the podcast :)