He sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. But instead of withholding gifts, Santa Claus’s wicked older brother, the Krampus, may just carry you away to your doom in a wicker basket.
All hail the Bad Santa! I recently penned an overview of Richmond's annual Krampusnacht, a celebration of Santa's less jolly sibling, for Richmond Magazine.
“Krampus was a part of yuletide lore long before the Americanized version of Christmas happened,” says artist and promoter Parker Galore, who has helped to popularize the centuries-old, mythological Bad Santa with this annual celebration, one of nearly three dozen tributes that take place across the world. “This is really us bringing the character, that figure of the dark side of St. Nicholas, back into the story.”
To read "Bad Santa," click here. And be good, for goodness sakes.
(Photo by the mighty Dave Parrish!)