Half-goat, half-demon, all naughty - this is the centuries-old legend of Krampus. He is literally the Christmas Devil, the opposite of Santa. He is horrifying, vicious, and very, very naughty.
The European practice of mummery during the winter solstice season can be traced back tens of thousands of years. Villagers across the continent dress up as animals, wild-men and mythic figures to parade and perform humorous plays. Among the most common figures in these folk rituals were Old Man Winter and the horned Goat-Man — archetypes now found in the forms of Saint Nick/Santa Claus, and the Devil (‘Old Nick’), also known as Krampus.
Wielding sharp long horns with a shaggy pelt and fangs, the anti-St. Nicholas comes lashing about with a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children. He then hauls the bad kids down to the underworld.
The historic origins to this “Christmas Devil”, Krampus, whose name is derived from the German word krampen, meaning claw, is said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology. The legendary beast also shares characteristics with other scary, demonic creatures in Greek mythology, including satyrs and fauns.
The legend is part of a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Germany, where Christmas celebrations begin in early December. Krampus was created as an evil counterpart to kindly St. Nicholas, who rewarded children with sweets. Krampus, in contrast, would swat “wicked” children and take them away to his lair.
According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. December 6 also happens to be Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, when German children look outside their door to see if the shoe or boot they’d left out the night before contains either presents (a reward for good behavior) or a rod (bad behavior).
A more modern take on the tradition in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic involves drunken men dressed as devils, who take over the streets for a Krampuslauf—a Krampus Run of sorts, when people are chased through the streets by the “devils.”
Krampus’ frightening presence was suppressed for many years—the Catholic Church forbade the raucous celebrations, and fascists in World War II Europe found Krampus despicable because it was considered a creation of the Social Democrats.
But Krampus is making a comeback - a big one. In the United States people are buying into the trend with Krampus parties, particularly in Los Angeles with Krampusfest 2013 debuting the city’s first large Krampus festival. For its part, Austria is attempting to commercialize the harsh persona of Krampus by selling chocolates, figurines, and collectible horns. If the Krampus tradition continues to grow, we’ll have even more to celebrate during the holiday season.
in Austria we have two types of ads
Type one is this kind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcZACL0l4Yc
Some children pretending. One pretending to be in a space ship while in a car. One thinking of beeing a famous singer. The other pretending to be a football star and the last one pretending her bike is a horse. The ending reveals that it is actually an ad about children seeing the world different and you are supposed to remember that while driving.
AND THEN THERE IS THIS!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bASUnISmF8
Hornbach always made great ads but this one!
This one is so sad. It always reminds me so much of my dad and after watching it I actually once called him to tell him I love him.
It reminds me when I was young and he was always in the basement in his little room working on stuff. He acutally just built a room looking like it’s 100 years old. He actually got 100 year old wood, some about 200 year old skis he put on the wall, some 50-70 year old peaces of furniture and so on.
I actually felt stupid for crying at this at first when my mother told me that my brother cried at this as well.
Just felt like sharing it….
The Hornbach Ad does not belong to me
-I’m going to kill you. You, your family, everybody you love. Everybody that meansss sssomething to you. Why you asssk? Becausss I hate you. I hate you with every fiber of my existenssssssssss
-Don’t listen to him, man. I love you :D
I HAVE FOUND EVERY COLOR CRAYOLA HAS MADE INTO CRAYONS AND RENAMED THEM BASED ON SOME POPULAR TUMBLR FANDOMS.
Some of the shades in between got named weird because I ran out of ideas. I worked on this for a week, guys.
Based on this post.
Oh my god, this is legitimately one of the best things I’ve ever seen here on tumblr.
And the fact that I fucking got all of these references.
It’s goes like this: I click Tumblr for a minute just to check what’s up and then———
BAM! The day is over!
WHENEVER THIS IS ON YOUR DASH, YOU MUST REBLOG
CANNOT LISTEN TO WITHOUT SINGING / LIP SYNCING ALONG
THIS WHOLE POST IS AMAZING
Just some British Town/Street names
*sings English anthem*
but in france there’s
but in Wales we have
Fucking is in Austria
I wanted to draw some inspirational Doctor Who art like all the cool people do but this is all I came up with
Why is it so hard to do art? (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
after a while i became convinced that the words were mocking me
I WAS PROMISED A BATTLE
*throws down gauntlet*
Edit: Went back. This is the best thing to happen to my dashboard ever.
Reblogging again because my followers need to see this. To be clear, rebog, go to your actual blog, then click the picture.
holy shit that’s intense