I know what you are thinking: What is a krampus? Really, the question is who is Krampus! Ahem
Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.*
Just think, here you have been using an Elf on a Shelf to keep your kids in line when all this time you could have used a goat-horned demon with a foot long tongue carrying rusty chains and bells, wandering the town and wailing for the souls of naughty children. Dang. Leave it to the Germans to make stuff weird.
In addition to celebrating Krampus, this is also one of those weekends in early December that is perfect for making stuff for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites!
5. Faux Gingerbread House (secret ingredient alert!)
10. Happy Little Tree Shadow Box
11. Crystal cuffs (look really cute with boots!)
12. Printable Holiday Tree Ornaments
14. Ugly Christmas Sweater turned cute Snowman Scarf
15. Milk art marbling (kid friendly)
16. Baking with the Homies (not really a DIY so much as an AWESOME baking accessory)
And here are some glittered initials I made over at ILovetoCreate.com. Check out the step-by-step!
Aaarrrrghh! This would have made me a much more behaved child!! How about that kid getting his ears stretched?!
Dude, I know. Krampus means business!
Hooray for Krampus! You can ‘t spell Santa without satan! ; ) Thanks for the link love.
As Lucy and Charlie Brown say “Aarrghh!” Why didn’t they have this kind of stuff around when I was a little kid? All we had was crepe paper that ran if you got it wet, and We had to Make our own Glue out of flour and water! We might have had white pipe cleaners also.
Problem now…you can hardly even find crepe paper. There are some amazing crepe paper flower tutorials out there I’d like to try but they don’t sell it at Michaels or Joanns. I can buy it by the bolt from party stores, otherwise I have to order online. Some things need to come back!
Modern Krampus costumes are amazing… normally young men in shaggy disguise. In several Alpine villages (and one or two Swabian ones), the Krampus roams the streets beating young women with sticks as well as the child snatching. In those villages the grandmothers (women past menopause) take up sticks and broomsticks and fight back against these young devils to protect the young women and the children…
Holy crap! I saw the super scary Krampus parade (see link up top)…this looks intense! Man, they must scare those kids straight.
AWE THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE LOVE!!!!