Friday, 2 December 2016

Are you out of your mind?

This is a two pronged title. I'm going to attempt to post every day again as I did last year. Not so in depth this year though and not always Christmas related.

First up and possibly a reoccuring theme, those wacky Victorians and their 'interesting' Christmas cards.

A Krampus Christmas card (via Tea Tree Gully Library)
Image from ttglibrary 

For those of you unsure...

From the font of all knowledge "Wikipedia": "In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon",[1] 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."

A throwback to pagan times, maybe?
Alledgedly Krampus would kidnap naughty children and beat them with sticks. Certainly worst than being given a lump of coal.

All in all a pleasent card to remind children to behave.