He sees you when you're sleepin'
He knows when you're a wake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
The words to the song, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” are innocuous enough when they refer to the jolly old elf, bringer of gifts and Christmas merriment.
But what if those words applied to something sinister, throwing the once-familiar song into an ominous minor key? What if, instead of hearing a hearty laugh from the chimney this Christmas, the echoing sound of cloven hooves and rattling chains issues forth?
Watch out. That’s not Santa. It’s his horned helper, Krampus. And if you've been bad, he's here for you.
Descended from Norse mythology, this terrifying creature, according to folklore, is said to stalk the night alongside jolly old St. Nicholas, punishing those children who have been especially naughty during the the year.
The Legend of Krampus is part of a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Europe, and particularly in Germany, but celebrations involving the creature are making their way all around the word—Krampus is coming to town.
So in case you find yourself face-to-face with Krampus this Christmas, let’s consider these 6 terrifying facts about Santa’s horned helper.