Move Over, Santa: Krampus, the Terrifying Demonic Christmas Icon, Is Making a Major Comeback | 22 Words

Move Over, Santa: Krampus, the Terrifying Demonic Christmas Icon, Is Making a Major Comeback

By Allison Hart

You know Saint Nicholas, and probably Sinterklaas, his Dutch counterpart, but these aren't the only European characters that make an appearance this time of year.

From the earliest days, these Christmas icons have been accompanied by helpers, not all of whom were very nice. In the U.S., we think of Santa and his assistants (usually elves) as good, loving, and wholesome.

But at least one personality traditionally tied to Saint Nick has much more sinister origins, and his name is Krampus.

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