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Monster of the Week: The Krampus

Monster of the Week: Gryla & Other Holiday Horrors

Robert blogs about GrĂ½la, the Grither and other Holiday monsters.

Carrot and Stick: A Genetic Santa Story

Santa or Krampus? Gifts or a stocking full of coal? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie look at negative and positive reinforcement and a new study that looks at the genetics behind each.

The Christmas War on Krampus

Since the Nazis were all about casting out Christianity and embracing the old gods, you'd think that German-speaking socialists of the 1930s would be cool with nasty old Krampus. But not so, according to a Dec. 23, 1934 New York Times article headlined "Krampus Disliked in Fascist Austria." Now remember, Nazi Germany didn't roll up Austria till 1938. Austrofascism was the rule of the day and, unlike the Nazis, they were heavily Catholic. According to the NYT article, the Austrian government outlawed Krampus entirely -- who, according to the article, had virtually usurped the role of prime gift giver from Santa at the time. It was the demon, not the old man, who mad the rounds with sweets and gifts.