One of my favorite times of the year has finally made it’s way around the corner and I feel like it something that we see tons of in the horror world, but nobody really gives it the praise that it deserves!
It’s Christmas time, everyone!
And with Christmas, comes lots of lore, stories, and creepy tales that are centrally focused around the holiday. My favorite (and likely the favorite of many other since the movie came about) would be Krampus. But what do we know about the actual origin of the the horned god of witches that pops in each time this year?
Well, I don’t want to bore people with a long historical text, so here is just a few snips of where the lore came from:
The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. On the preceding evening of December 5, Krampus Night or Krampusnacht, the wicked hairy devil appears on the streets. Sometimes accompanying St. Nicholas and sometimes on his own, Krampus visits homes and businesses. The Saint usually appears in the Eastern Rite vestments of a bishop, and he carries a golden ceremonial staff. Unlike North American versions of Santa Claus, in these celebrations Saint Nicholas concerns himself only with the good children, while Krampus is responsible for the bad. Nicholas dispenses gifts, while Krampus supplies coal and the ruten bundles.
Europeans have been exchanging greeting cards featuring Krampus since the 1800s. Sometimes introduced with Gruß vom Krampus (Greetings from the Krampus), the cards usually have humorous rhymes and poems. Krampus is often featured looming menacingly over children. He is also shown as having one human foot and one cloven hoof. In some, Krampus has sexual overtones; he is pictured pursuing buxom women. Over time, the representation of Krampus in the cards has changed; older versions have a more frightening Krampus, while modern versions have a cuter, more Cupid-like creature. Krampus has also adorned postcards and candy containers.
With this kind of monstrosity in the holiday season, we can find a TON of good material for writing in the horror world. The holidays can bring out the best and the worst and people which simply floods the genre with options and makes for some truly wonderful tales to keep you up at night.
Interested in listening to some? I’ve listed a couple sites below! If you would like another site added to the Xmas/Holiday list, feel free to reach out and contact us at HorrorFictionBlog!