Krampus's popularity is on the rise again in Northern Europe, and may be spreading across the Atlantic.
Subject of a 2015 movie, and 2016 sequel, American audiences have been introduced to the sinister Santa sidekick. Orlando hosted its own Krampus festival with Krampusnacht in 2016. But are Americans tough enough to embrace the spirit of Krampus?
This guy does not mess around.
We tend to be a bit more conservative than our European counterparts when it comes to what we allow our children to see and do. Our Christmas is all joy and sweetness. So is there a place for a real demon? Will we have our elves narc on our naughty children if a visit from Krampus is the consequence?
Maybe a giant, hairy, half-goat, horned devil is exactly what American families need right now.
Maybe it’s what we all need. Our country is having a hard time getting along. Who among us is innocent? Do any of us deserve sweets in our shoes?
Or, maybe Krampus is already here. Maybe he’s the cause of all of this.
All this time we've been worried about the wrong Christmas character watching us and knowing if we're naughty.
Krampus is the one to watch out for! That jolly fat man with the toys is no threat. It’s hard to imagine American families lining the streets for a parade of terrifying hell demons, but European families have been doing just that for centuries.
Things have gotten a little too sweet around here.
All these elves up to naughty tricks each night need something better to do. Instead of reporting to the North Pole and Santa, what if they reported each night to the fiery underworld and Krampus? Maybe that would keep them out of the flour and marshmallows.