In honor of a friend who grew up in Austria, I present this special holiday.
Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland Krampuslauf is the night scary, devil-like creatures called ‘Krampus’ carry cow bells, clanking chains and rods through the streets of alpine regions scaring children and adults. Naughty children are cautioned that if they do not behave Krampus will appear and they will receive no gifts from St Nicholas. Those children who have behaved will NOT see the Krampus and in a few days time will be visited by St Nicholas.
On the eve of St. Nicholas’s Day, children are invited to throw snowballs at the devilish Krampus. Take this day to face your demons and make a go of the rest of 2008.