Well that has now been remedied and an image of the beast is now hanging on our tree as a warning to all bad little boys and girls!
|Krampus now hangs on our tree - ready to give a sound switching to naughty boys and girls; |
and ready to cart the very bad off in his basket to.... well heaven only knows where.
|Frankly I'm not sure I would trust either Saint or Demon to bring me a gift |
the way they are portrayed on this Austrian greeting card. One looks almost
as ill-natured as the other.
Krampus often accompanies the good Saint on his rounds on December 6th - I mean you can't expect a saint to do the dirty work can you? So it seemed only right and proper that if we had someone to punish the bad we needed someone to reward the good.
|Cut out sheets like this were popular at one time, particularly in Germany and England |
- and the days before Christmas were spent cutting, pasting and assembling all manner of
decorations for the holiday.
|Finally Sankt Nikolaus has taken his place greeting anyone coming to our door between now |
and January 6th.
December 20 - 1999: Macau is handed over to China by Portugal.