Merry meet all:
Different cultures have their own ways of celebrating Yule. In Germany, they celebrate Krampusnacht, which is a ancient pre-Christian tradition. The word Krampus means ‘claw’, and in certain Alpine villages, they held large parties featuring a scary clawed incubus wearing sheepskin, horns and carried a switch used to swat children and unsuspecting young ladies. The Krampus’ goal is to punish those who misbehaved, while Santa gifted those who behaved well. Who would you prefer to have on your side?
The men parade dressed up as demons, and the women wear masks to represent Frau Perchta, who was a Nordic Goddess. She shared an aspect similar to Freya, the fertility goddess.
Krampus.com is the official website of the “Krampus, the holiday devil” says Krampus, a dark counterpart to Saint Nicholas, the traditional gift-bringer who visits on his holy day of December 6th. Santa rewards the good kids while Krampus punishes the bad kids.
So be good, for goodness sake!