The first of December is almost upon us, and for many parents it spells the beginning of a bizarre festive ‘tradition’. Elf on the Shelf – the creepy little plush doll who supposedly spies on children throughout December – will be making a return to many households.
Although marketed as a tradition, the elf has only been around since 2015. In that short time, he’s attracted plenty of criticism; being labelled as a cheap cash-grab, a nefarious character and a needless burden on parents to construct elaborate sets for him. So this Christmas, why not pay tribute to the Krampus – who has actually been a part of Christmas traditions and folklore since the 16th century?
Ready to replace the elf spies is Krampus on the Mantle. Adapting the horror of Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, FYE revealed their new figure – who they describe as ‘a worthy rival to anything else you might have on your shelf ‘.
Here’s the full description of the Krampus figure;
Watch out kids, there’s a new Christmas tradition. Krampus is coming to town and he’s on a mission. Unlike St. Nick, who rewards good kids with toys, Krampus dishes out terror to bad girls and boys. Watching you, children, no need for a letter, Punishing naughty kids for ever and ever. Kids who are bad will be shaking in fear, But, too late, Krampus is already here. Sharp claws, pointed fangs and menacing horns. If he decides you were naughty, from this world you’ll be torn.
When he comes for you, hear his chains and bells clank. You know you’re in trouble, this is definitely no prank. Thrown in his sack, no matter how much you yell, Won’t see a thing as he drags you to hell. Keeping you confined for an entire year. Punishment so awful, you’ll wish you weren’t here.
Don’t want to see Krampus? Don’t give him a reason. Be good all year long. Survive the Christmas season. See old St. Nick and all the joy that he brings. Opening presents by the tree while everyone joyfully sings. Don’t do bad things, and always remember, Krampus is watching. He’ll be back next December!
You can find it on FYE here.