In many countries, the joyous feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6th. However, in countries like Austria, Germany, and Hungary, St. Nicholas travels with a frightening companion named, Krampus. While St. Nicholas rewards all of the good boys and girls with presents and treats, Krampus handles punishing the bad ones. Krampus is usually seen with a bundle of sticks he switches the bad children with. Even worse is the bag he wears on his back, which he uses to haul away the particularly bad ones for him to feast on at the end of the day. We don’t know about you, but the idea of a horned beast beating children or eating them for dinner is much stronger motivation for being good than a jovial and sweet looking St. Nicholas.
Krampus Day is typically celebrated on December 5th with a Krampuslauf, which is where people dressed as Krampus run through a town. These Krampus runs are taking place in more and more locations across the globe as the legend gains popularity. The Krampuslauf in Graz, Austria is one of the biggest runs and is known for its amazing display of costumes. This is definitely one of the trips on the list of “must do trips” for the team at Believe It Tour.
Even though we’re a little late on wishing you a Merry Krampus and reminding you to be good for more than goodness sake, we felt it was time for a Believe It Tour Krampuskarten (a Krampus card). Please heed our warning this Christmas season to be as good as you can be in the hope that St. Nicholas comes knocking at your door instead of Krampus.
Happy holidays everyone from Believe It Tour.