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December 25, 2014 AT 8:49 pm

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares – #Krampus – @nytimes

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He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares @ NYtimes.com.

Hairy Christmas, everyone! Perhaps you’ve noticed an angry, goat-ish creature infesting the Adafruit Learning System and Show & Tell recently. Latest cosplay fad? Nope…Krampus dress-up dates back centuries!

Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the message that they had better watch out.

Tom Bierbaumer recalls the trepidation he felt every Dec. 6, when the clanging of oversize cowbells signaled the arrival of the Krampus, a devilish mountain goblin who serves as an evil counterpart to the good St. Nick. He would think back over his misdeeds of past months — the days he had refused to clear the supper table, left his homework unfinished or pulled a girl’s hair.

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