Santa’s Terrifying ‘Evil Twin’ Will Beat You With a Broom at This Offbeat Austrian Christmas Parade

Travel+Leisure. Nov 2019.

If you want to find out if you’ve been “naughty or nice” this year, some stomping devils may be able to tell you.

The common Christmas expression is thought to be derived from a Western European folklore known as Krampus. The mythological figure — who is half goat, half demon — is the evil twin of Saint Nicholas and was supposedly invented in the middle ages to discipline kids according to National Geographic. While Santa brings presents to well-behaved kids, Krampus punishes those who have been naughty.

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