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Long famous in Europe, Krampus is finally making inroads in the US. Even if your children don't know who he is, "Wicked Children Beware" ought to get the message across. Scare them straight with this 16" (40.6 cm) long felt stocking.
Are you curious...?
Young men in various central European countries traditionally dress up as Krampus on Krampusnacht, the eve of St Nicholas Day (Dec. 5), and roam the streets chasing children with rusty chains and bells. The chains represent the binding of the Devil by the Christian church. Technically, only wicked children need to fear Krampus. Krampus also swats the little miscreants with bundles of birch branches called ruten, remnants of pagan initiation rites. And of course no Krampus would be complete without a large sack to carry off children for drowning, eating, or a trip to hell -- nobody agrees on what he does with them, but we know that he certainly makes Santa's workload lighter.