Krampus Fixed 7 Day Candle
Krampus is commonly referred to as the "antiSanta" because he essentially represents the polar opposite of St. Nicholas. The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In German folklore of the Alpine region, Krampus is represented as a sort of Christmas devil complete with horns and cloven hooves. One of the Companions of St. Nicholas found in Eastern European traditions, Krampus wanders the streets in chains and bells punishing children who have misbehaved. Krampus Night or Krampusnacht occurs on December 5th, which is the eve of the feast of St Nicholas. Krampus is offered fruit schnapps. While Santa dispenses gifts for the good children, Krampus is the bearer of coal and Ruten bundles. Ruten bundles are birch twigs sometimes painted gold and tied together. Krampus is known to carry the ruten bundles and to periodically swat children who have misbehaved with one of the twigs. Sometimes, he carries a whip for that purpose. Krampus presents ruten bundles to families who leave them out as a reminder throughout the year for children to mind their manners and behave. Krampus is believed to have Pagan origins; though, his exact lineage is unclear. Some suggest he is the son of Hel in Norse mythology while others suggest he is similar to the satyrs and fauns of Greek mythology.