As you might have noticed, we’re getting into the Krampus spirit here on Popcorn Horror. Not only is the movie one of the most anticipated films of the year, but the beast himself is just generally awesome. With large horns, wild hair and fangs, the anti-Santa carries a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with whips to deal with naughty children. who he then drags down to the underworld.
St. Nicholas Day happens every year on December 6th in Alpine countries and on the night before the holiday, the beast is said to visit naughty children to beat them with a stick or chain before he throws them in his sack to take them off to his fiery lair. This event is called “Krampusnacht”. Krampus, whose name is derived from the German word krampen, meaning claw, is said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology. The legendary beast also shares characteristics with other demonic creatures in Greek mythology, including satyrs and fauns. In contemporary times, the Krampus Night tradition has evolved into a series of festivals and parades in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
So if St. Nicholas is a little too wholesome for you this Christmas, here’s fifteen ways to invite the anti-Santa into your home.
Give your sofa a little Krampus with these throw pillows from Redbubble
Snuggle up with the Christmas demon with this blanket from Middle of Beyond
Wish your guests a Happy Krampus with this candle
Hang this print by SteamCrow in your lair
Give the beast pride of place in your home and hang him above the mantlepiece
All the horror movies we’ve seen should have put us off puppets for life. But this guy’s pretty cute.
Toast to Krampus with these wooden coasters
Forget doves and bells on the Christmas wreath
Terrify any small children into good behaviour with this Krampus story book
Check out these fantastic beer steins from MÜNKSTEIN
If you don’t drink beer though, you could fill them with this Krampus coffee
Liven up the bathroom with this Krampus soap
Give old fashioned Christmas entertainment a Krampus twist with these playing cards
Support an awesome indie project on Kickstarter, and get this retro style Krampus toy
For anyone who doesn’t get dragged off to the underworld, stick their gifts in this cool Krampus stocking from Skeptical Robot