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Krampuslauf Graz 2010
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In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure (see Germanic paganism).

In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.
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EEEEEE, I just finished a story with Krampus!

LOL - synchronicity, much?

CORRRR. A Krampus... I was as good as I could be, and that wasn't half good enough so St Nich passed me by, and I never even got a PEEK at a Krampus. (teehee, bury your head and go KRRAAAMPUUSS and woggle your face... like you do to a baby's tum... Heh heh heh .... perhaps that's why he didn't come visiting a lonely adolescent girl.... ho hum!)

Hugs love, mind the windy corners... tis dastardly today!!!

I love it - don't think Truro City of Lights Festival will approve though.

Weather here is dire, cold and damp :-/

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