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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Krampus, Santa's evil sidekick? Who knew? | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com

Damn. That is an awesome outfit.

Santa's evil sidekick? Who knew? | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com:
GRESTEN, Austria (Reuters) - As Christmas nears, Austrian children hoping for gifts from Santa Claus will also be watching warily for "Krampus," his horned and hairy sidekick.

In folklore, Krampus was a devil-like figure who drove away evil spirits during the Christian holiday season.

Traditionally, he appeared alongside Santa around December 6, the feast of St. Nicholas, and the two are still part of festivities in many parts of central Europe.

But these traditions came under the spotlight in Austria this year, after reports last week that Santa -- also known as St Nicholas, Father Christmas or Kris Kringle -- had been banned from visiting kindergartens in Vienna because he scared some children. (more)

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