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Krampus Tradition

Krampus is a mythological creature originating from Alpine folklore. He is a demonic figure who accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season. While Saint Nicholas rewards good children with gifts and treats, Krampus punishes naughty children by beating them with birch sticks or carrying them off in a basket.

Krampus is often depicted as a hairy, horned, and hoofed creature with a long tongue and sharp teeth. He wears chains around his body, which he uses to scare people, and carries a bundle of birch sticks to whip children (and adults) who misbehave.

In some regions, people celebrate Krampusnacht on December 5th, where individuals dress up in Krampus costumes and roam the streets, scaring and playfully intimidating people. The celebration often includes parades, music, and drinking.

While Krampus is seen as a menacing figure, he is also viewed as a reminder to children to behave and follow the rules. The tradition of Krampus has been passed down for generations in Alpine communities and continues to be celebrated today.

Unique Christmas Markets
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There are few things more magical than visiting a Christmas market in Europe. The streets are lined with twinkling lights, the air is filled with the smell of gingerbread and mulled wine, and the sound of carolers fills the air. But if you're looking for a truly unique Christmas market experience, you'll want to head off the beaten path and visit one of the many alpine Christmas markets.

One of the best things about alpine Christmas markets is the scenery. You'll find them nestled in picturesque villages, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The markets themselves are also very charming, with traditional wooden chalets selling everything from handmade crafts to local food and drink.