“He sees you when your sleeping.
Whilst these lyrics might remind us all that Santa Claus is coming to town, they would not be out of place with another character from yuletide folklore. The only difference is that this particular figure from Central European Folklore is one you’d rather not experience.
Whilst Saint Nicholas spreads Christmas joy to millions of children around the world with presents to reward their good behaviour, the Krampus deals with the naughty children. Consider the Krampus to be the Yin to Father Christmas’s Yang. If the Krampus paid a visit to mischievous children, then they would be wishing that had been “good for goodness sake.”
The legend of Krampus has been a centuries old tradition where Christmas celebrations begin in early December. According to traditional Central European folklore, Krampus shows up on the 5th December, the day before St Nicholas Day. This is known as Krampusnacht. Children would leave their shoes outside their door that night. They will either wake to see if their shoes are filled with presents or wooden birch rods. If they see rods, then the Krampus had paid them a visit.