Vintage Krampus themed Christmas Cards!
Great Krampus art by JollyRotten!
In many countries of the Alpine Region, especially Austria, tradition states that St Nicholas comes to visit during the Advent Season accompanied by Krampus. While the kind Nicholas gives gifts and candy to good children, the devilish Krampus doles out switches for the parents to beat their naughty children! In some cases, if the child is truly evil, Krampus will cart them back to his cave to dine upon them, or escort them straight to Hell.
Typically, St Nick would visit the children on the evening of December 5th, since the Feast of St Nicholas is held on December 6th. Many areas in Austria, the Czech Republic and even portions of Italy have parades where St Nicholas and Krampus make grand entrances. In smaller villages, locals dressed as Nicholas and Krampus go door to door on the night of the 5th to visit children. Needless to say, most children are on their best behavior. Over the next few days, I plan to share a few pieces of Krampus-inspired artwork, both modern and vintage.
This piece is from the amazing illustrator, Belle Dee! Her cartoonish take depicts a mischievous little beastie, that perfectly places him with other Christmas icons like Frosty and Rudolph!
The Alice Cooper episode of The Muppet Show: definitely one of the top ten defining moments of my childhood!