If you're naughty,
beware the Krampus!
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December 5 is the night on which parts of Germany and Bavaria start celebrating Krampusnacht, which is a throwback to a pre-Christian tradition. The festival of Krampus is on December 6. The word Krampus
means claw, and apparently certain Alpine villages have big parties featuring a scary clawed incubus
who hangs around with Santa Claus. The Krampus costume also includes sheepskin, horns, and a switch that the incubus uses to swat children and unsuspecting young ladies. The Krampus' job is to punish those who have been bad, while Santa rewards the people on his "nice" list. There's been a resurgence in interest in Krampus over the past century or so, but it seems as though the custom goes back hundreds of years: Krampusnacht
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