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Holiday Season Resources at SUNY Broome

Krampus with children
Krampus with children
Krampus with child, 1900s art
Krampus with children, from 1900s
Krampus leading children
Krampus in airplane with woman
Krampus with Nicholas and children
1898 image of Krampus
Krampus with child in basket
Krampus picture from early 20th century postcard

Krampus: The Legend

The polar opposite of the traditional jolly Santa is Krampus, a legendary Germanic figure who punishes misbehaving children instead of rewarding good ones with presents.  Other cultures have stories of similar figures, from Iceland's Christmas Trolls to the Finnish Nuuttipukki, to Japan's New Year's Namahage

Some of the most familiar Christmas tales have ominous elements, like Dickins' Christmas ghosts, Dr. Suess' Grinch, Joe Dante's Gremlins, and Tim Burton & Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas.   This tradition continues in modern Christmas horror films like Black Christmas or Silent Night, Deadly Night, which have become a genre all of their own.   Here are a few scary tales, perfect for a cold and frosty night:

Scary seasonal eBooks - accessible from anywhere!