Krampus is a horned Christmas demon who terrorizes misbehaved children.
In Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic demon who punishes kids who have misbehaved during the holiday season (in contrast to Saint Nicholas who rewards well-behaved kids with gifts.) His physical characteristics include goat horns, cloven hooves, a long tongue and a long beard. Basically, guaranteed to give you nightmares.
December 5 is Krampus' Day to visit kids' houses.
December 5th marks the eve of The Feast of St. Nicholas, and it's also the day where Krampus spends the night visiting kids' houses. (Yeah, it's just as creepy as it sounds.) Depending on how misbehaved the children are, he'll either leave them bundles of sticks, hit them with sticks, toss them in a sack and throw them in a stream... or take them straight to hell. *Gulps*
Krampus is Santa's right-hand man.
Santa may not act like he's in cahoots with Krampus, but he sure is. Think of Krampus as Santa's sidekick - they basically play good cop and bad cop, classifying kids as naughty or nice. On December 5,