He's Featured on Holiday Greeting Cards
In what is a slightly more lighthearted Krampus fact, this horned creature has been featured on Christmas greetings cards called Krampuskarten since the 1800s.
These usually featured the phrase, “Gruß vom Krampus,” which translates to, “Greetings from the Krampus.”
Yes. People in the 1800s sent each other merry little Krampus cards.
Traditionally, these cards would have funny poems and rhymes beneath an image of Krampus looming menacingly, abducting children, or lolling his terrifyingly long tongue out.
Contemporary Krampus cards veer more toward the cute—Krampus is depicted as a sweeter, Cupid-like creature. But the older versions? Well, they’re terrifying, to say the least, showing Krampus as a grotesque, goat-haired, humanoid beast, doing what it does best—instilling terror and doling out pain.
In other cards, Krampus become decidedly even more creepy as he lusts after various women, who seem to be just fine with the whole situation, judging by their serene faces. Unfortunately, this aspect of Krampus has found its way into the Krampuslauf, where drunken men in costume frequently harass their town’s young women.
Today, you can find the vintage version of these cards on most auction sites. If you can handle the creepiness, that is.