Well in Europe, cental europe they have folklore tales of Krampus who is a horned, beastly figure often described as “half-goat, half-demon”, this Krampus beast, appears during the Christmas season, and comes to punish children, those who have misbehaved, the naughty ones, in a stark contrast of the loveable, jolly Saint Nicholas, who is known for rewarding the well-behaved, nice children with gifts. Krampus joins Saint Nicholas in several regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
It is thought the folklore pre dates Christianity and popular in Europe even today. There’s even modern horror films you can watch, featuring him.
Now in Whitby the UK, they now have a Krampus Run and Ball for charity. It’s great to see old tales and traditions coming back. Check them out below.