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November 3rd, 2011

Krampus

Forget Santa Claus. This year, I’m taking our daughter to see Krampus:

Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.

In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria and southern Bavaria, especially the market town Berchtesgaden, during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.

I remember hearing about a similar creature from… Norway? Black something-or-other. Pinger Dave Walls – Don and Mike used to talk about him all the time. What was his name?

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Dave Walls November 3, 2011, 10:49 pm

I remember Mike O’Meara doing a Krampus imitation almost every Christmas, which was hilarious. I think that’s the one you’re referencing?

Rob November 4, 2011, 7:22 am

The Krampus also showed up in a very special Christmas episode of Venture Bros.

Ryan November 4, 2011, 10:24 am

Dave — Actually, I think remember it: Black Pete (or Black Peter): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet

Dave Walls November 4, 2011, 12:47 pm

Ahh, I needed a jogging of the memory.

Here’s a clip of Don and Mike talking about Black Peter in 2007, with special guest (voice over master) Dude Walker. (Black Peter talk starts at the 15:00 mark)

http://paintyourbaldspot.com/?action=showBlog&blog_id=3750

Dave Walls November 4, 2011, 12:55 pm

Sorry, I was off..Black Peter starts at the 8:00 minute mark.

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