So we all know that the same letters that are in Satan are in Santa right?
Well here are a few funny Christmas Pictures
and traditions below (thanks Tree):Krampus:
So this guy comes and visits children in Europe...
In some of the Ruprecht traditions the children would be summoned to
the door to perform tricks, such as a dance or singing a song to
impress upon Santa and Ruprecht that they were indeed good children.
Those who performed badly would be beaten soundly by Servant Ruprecht,
and those who performed well were given a gift or some treats. Those
who performed badly enough or had committed other misdeeds throughout
the year were put into Ruprecht's sack and taken away, variously to
Ruprecht’s home in the Black Forest,
or to be tossed into a river. In other versions the children must be
asleep, and would either awake to find their shoes filled with sweets,
coal, or in some cases a stick. Over time, other customs developed:
parents giving kids who misbehaved a stick instead of treats and saying
that it was a warning from Nikolaus that "unless you improve by Christmas
day, Nikolaus' black servant Ruprecht will come and beat you with the
stick and you won't get any Christmas gifts." Often there would be
variations idiosyncratic to individual families.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knecht_Ruprecht
...and it's not Santa that
delivers the gifts, it's Baby
Jesus. See Christmas Traditions Worldwide
With people like Krampus running around, I am glad I live in the states!
UPDATE: Krampus in the news
and some more pictures of this evil dude!