‘Tis the season to be jolly…but in some parts of the world, Christmas isn’t all “Jingle Bells” and “Fa La La La’s.” Here are 5 Christmas traditions from around the world that are more creepy than festive.
1. Austria and other Alpine Countries – The Krampus
If you’re good, Santa Claus brings you presents. If you’re bad, he gives you coal or possibly even a switch for your parents to beat you with, right? Right. Unless you live in certain Alpine regions in Europe, including Austria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia. There, the bad kids have to contend with the Krampus, a nightmarish horned demon who basically acts as Santa’s enforcer. The Krampus distributes coal, bundles of birch twigs called “ruten,” and sometimes carries a washtub in which he drowns bad children so he can eat them. Read more