How Krampus became a very scary Christmas tradition

They want to have a Christmas that’s rebellious, and they see this character with a whip abducting children. for different reasons than in Europe,” Ridenour said. people who grew up with punk rock want to have their own kind of Christmas. Its big boost came with the advent of the internet, helping it spread from rural towns to throughout Austria, Germany, Europe and on to America by the early 2000s, Ridenour said.“I think Krampus is popular in the U.S. The Krampus tradition faded after World War II only to spike in the 1950s and ’60s with a revival of interest in folk culture. “In the U.S.

“It’s not really about discipline, but I guess there’s this idea if you aren’t good something will happen.”After their test, the kids get treats, and the Krampuses storm in the house and may swat at the parents’ legs, but they do not usually touch the children.Krampus traces back to old traditionsThe Krampus tradition only goes back to the late 19th century, but its roots can be traced to the 12th century Epiphany character Frau Perchta, who similarly went door to door checking to see how girls were doing at their spinning, Ridenour said. Other seasonal traditions have also played into the creation of the Krampus. “It’s a practice that was encouraged by the church. It’s a combination of folk customs and a way that the church encouraged kids to learn to behave well and also learn their catechism,” Ridenour said.
He may also ask the kids to recite from their catechism or a seasonal poem or sing a song as the Krampuses stomp around outside the door. The Krampus is not one creature, but a species, said Ridenour, a Pasadena resident. 6, accompanied by a small group of Krampuses, as well as angels and a person bearing a basket filled with gifts. At each stop, St. Nicholas to go door to door on the evening before his feast day, Dec. Nicholas greets the family and asks the children if they’ve been good. In the Alpine area of eastern Austria and the Bavarian area of southern Germany, it is traditional for a person dressed as St.

He has also recently published “The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil” (Feral House, $25). The holiday season has a new player — the Krampus, a scary, hairy, horned creature from the depths of Austrian and German folklore, and he’s becoming a part of some Americans’ traditions.“He’s a bogeyman associated with the Christmas season, in particular associated with the Catholic St. Nicholas, who was not quite same as our Santa Claus,” said Al Ridenour, the director of Krampus Los Angeles, an organization that presents annual events celebrating the mythical creature.

Dec. Tickets: $25-$35, ages 21 and over.Krampus RunWhen: 8-9 p.m. Main St., Los Angeles.Tickets: $10 or free with RSVP, Marilyn Krampson and Talea ConcertWhen: 9 p.m. 8.Where: Winston Street between Main and Los Angeles Streets, Los Angeles.Tickets: Free, family friendly.Krampus Run After Party with Rosemary’s Bllygoat and Sapphic MuskWhen: 9 p.m. Dec. Dec. to midnight Dec. Dec. 8.Where: Reagent Theater, 448 S. 26.Where: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles.Tickets: $10, advance purchase required.Krampus BallWhen: 8 p.m. Krampus Talk with Costume WalkWhen: 6 and 8 p.m. Avenue 57, Highland Park. Torrance Blvd., Torrance.Tickets: $12-$15.Krampus Play, “Tuifl” screening and Michael & Monika Kaufmann with traditional songs and storiesWhen: 6 and 9 p.m. 10Where: Alpine Village, 833 W. 2.Where: Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S. Nov. 11.Where: Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena.Tickets: $20.Note: Advance ticket purchase recommended, themed costumes encouraged.Information: www.