Thursday, December 25, 2008

Hairy, scary Bavari-an Christmas

Below are scans of pics lent by friend Steffi Staley of a Christmas parade in the German state of Bavaria, where Santa's evil sidekick Krampus, his demon friends, and witches all appear, the better to scare kids into being good. (A tradition I think is great for children-- although some disagree.)

This is a tradition that I wish would flourish here-- hey, we got the Christmas tree and Santa Claus from the Old World, why not Krampus and his kind? I live in a section of Pittsburgh that was home for the German immigrant community in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but the "Pennsylvania Dutch" Christmas monster known as Belsnickel seems to have disappeared completely from Christmas celebrations here. What a shame!

















2 comments:

Duranfan said...

Damn skippy!

Anonymous said...

It still fits till the Three Wise Guys arrive, so -

MERRY CHRISTMAS, & HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS!!!

-(Catching up) Craig

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