Long before Santa Claus, there was Saint Nikolaus and his evil counterpart, Krampus! This past weekend in Austria, children were visited from both of these Christmas figures bringing with them either gifts of goodies and toys or presents meant to punish naughty children. My friend Mark bought these Zwetschken Krampus dolls (made from prunes) for his little girls - how scared would you be to wake up on Saturday morning to find these guys staring at you from the breakfast table? Yikes!

zwetschken krampus
(photo courtesy of Mark Long)

I should mention that these little girls got much more that a couple of stinky Krampuses, the next morning Nikolaus brought lots of toys.
Thanks for the photo Mark :)

Happy Monday everyone,
bess