The refreshing autumn winds are subsiding, slowly being replaced with white snowflakes and frostbitten ears. It’s time we start ringing in the festive cheer and welcome winter!
For much of the world the month of December is filled with excited anticipation. Many partake in ceremonies and traditions to honour what they believe is the birth of the son of god; and that is often celebrated with the image of an overweight silver bearded man in a red suit who sneaks in to your house to deliver gifts while you sleep.
It is a bit odd, isn’t it?
Well, while the Austrians do enjoy the Man in Red they tend to save more energy to celebrate Krampus, Santa’s demonic helper who, if you’re bad, will stuff you into a sack, bring you home and eat you for dinner!
It certainly is more terrifying a prospect than getting a lump of coal in your stocking, isn’t it?
Krampus is usually honoured with parades throughout German-speaking areas, though Graz in Austria is widely speculated to be the best place to sneak a peek at the ol’ monster.
Put on some warm mittens and hit the streets of Graz to cheer on Krampus! You may or may not want to leave the kids at home…
For more information, check out the Graz Tourism Website
Where: Graz, Austria (though held in other cities as well)
When: Early December 2012. For more specific dates/ events, check out the Graz’s Calendar of Events
- Krampus Stocking (neatorama.com)