Good ol’ Saint Nick is in the process of making his list and checking it twice. Which side will you be ending up on? (Rhetorical question, I really don’t care.) If you do happen to be one of the naughty variety and you find coal in that stocking of yours on Christmas morning, take comfort in the fact that you could have woken up in Austria and received a beating from the evil spirit Krampus.
You know, Krampus, the mythical creature (the one in the photo there) who follows Saint Nicholas through the Alpine countries warning and punishing the bad children. (H/T to Wikipedia there.)
A beating from Krampus is just one of the odd things that naughty list occupants who reside in foreign countries receive in X-mas, per the December issue of Wired.
Here’s the list in its entirety.
- US: Coal from Santa Claus
- Belgium: twig switches from Saint Nicholas
- Czech Republic: Coal, potatoes, or rocks from the devil
- Italy: Coal or ashes from Befana, the Christmas witch
- Germany: A beating with a sack of ashes from Farmhand Ruprecht
- Austria: A beating from the evil spirit Krampus
- France: A flogging from the bogeyman
- Hungary: A beating from a devil dressed in black
- The Netherlands: Stuffed in a sack by Sinter Klaas‘ slave, Black Peter
- Iceland: Devoured by the Yule Cat
Merry Christmas, all! Here’s to being, um, nice!