Krampus Time is Here Again!
Yes, that’s right — Krampus. Never heard of him? Well, children, grab a cup of egg nog, wrap a blankie tight around your shoulders and settle down in front of the fire while I tell the you the truncated tale of Krampus.
Krampus, also known as Schmutzli, Black Peter and Knecht Ruprecht, is the demonic, evil counterpart of Santa Claus, punishing naughty children by whipping them with a switch, chaining them up and carrying them off in a basket strapped to his back. During the 19th century, European (particularly Austrian and German) holiday cards would feature illustrated images of the devilish creature with the words “Gruss vom Krampus” (“Greetings from Krampus”) written across the front.
(Vintage Krampus card images and info courtesy of www.krampus.com)
Since the 21st century is filled with some of the most nasty, spoiled, and utterly disobedient children in history, I figured what better way for me to celebrate 2011 Winter solstice than to revive this delightful demon with a loving crocheted tribute!
My Krampus figure comes with his trademark accessories — plus some screaming, crying children.
The handy basket provides extra brat-hauling capability.
These little unfortunates will soon figure out their tears will only make matters worse.
A forked tongue and sharp teeth are invaluable tools for a holiday feast.
Winter demons need nipples, too!
But not to worry — everything will turn out OK in the end!