This year I learned something new, the legend of ‘Krampus’. According to the legend (and Wikipedia), Krampus is a half goat- half demon who during the Christmas season punishes children who have been bad. Over time the legend coupled Krampus with Saint Nicholas to encourage children to be good.
For a full description please see the Wiki link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
Krampus celebrations are a big deal in Germany, Austria and other countries in the region. This was the first I had seen any celebrations in the states, and while small, was entertaining.
The group gathered in the a parking lot in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.
Noise makers and elaborate costumes were the order of the day.
Apparently the Grinch and Mrs Grinch fit the bill as well. The costumes were great.
Three horned ladies.
The legend says they use sticks to ‘whip the children into behaving’. Clearly not a 21st century approach.
The parade went down the sidewalk for about 3 blocks.
I behaved myself.
Another Krampus monster.
Mrs Claus has a new look, along with apparently a Clint Eastwood fan. Hopefully this celebration catches on and grows larger each year – it is a nice change from the repetitiveness of the usual Christmas celebrations and festivals.