Well to do my Dual Weilding Challenge this week I wanted to work with Santa Claus and his opposite, the Krampus. @Francisco did an excellent job explaining the myth behind St. Nicholas, so I’m going to give you some information about Krampus before sharing my entry.
According to Britannica, , the Krampus is “a half-goat, half-demon monster that punishes misbehaving children at Christmastime.” Apparently, all the little boys and girls on Santa’s naughty list get coals in their stockings, switched by Krampus, or if they are really bad, thrown into his basket or sack to be taken to the underworld with him.
According to legends, he is the son of Hel, Queen of the Norse underworld, so the church really tried to ban people from believing in him, but despite that December the 5th is still known by many to be Krampus Night, when he arrives to punish the little boys and girls who haven’t been listening to their parents.
There are some interesting books out about Krampus, and he’s having a resurgence in popularity lately. Here is also a great article on Krampus, and how he’s connected to the Liminal.
So now that you have some background on Krampus, here is my Yuletide Prayer.
I call on the Spirit of Santa Claus,
known by many names.
Bless us with your presence,
and join us in our games!
Bring us joy and love and laughter,
at the end of a very tough year.
Help us come together
so we can bring in 2022 with cheer!
I call on the Spirit of Krampus,
known for his horns and hooves.
Watch over us carefully,
to make sure we’re doing things that can be approved.
Forgive us our minor mischief’s,
The snitching of cookies and kisses under the mistletoe.
Punish the guilty and the bad,
so that much fun and happiness can be had!
May the Spirits of the Yuletide join us
at the turning of the year!
And make this one a good one,
filled with wonder and cheer!
It seemed fitting to put this up since today is Krampus Night and tomorrow is St. Nicolas’ Day. Hope y’all like it!