The Legend of the Krampus
From the mists of the folklore of Germany, Austria, and Croatia comes the legend of the Krampus. As the tale is told, the Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas, or in some tales arrives the night before. The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6, making December 5 “Krampusnacht.” On that night, the Krampus comes bearing “gifts” of coal and bundles of birch branches to swat naughty children. In some tales, especially naughty children are taken away.
Never fear though! Our intent in this parade is not to punish anyone. At its core, the legend is about removing the bad from your life so you don’t get coal, and bringing in the good. As we parade, we will be driving all that is disruptive, unkind, stingy, and negative away, so that way the generosity, peace, joy, and light of the season can be with us all.
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