- st. nikolaus and krampus -

KrampusThe festival events start even earlier in Austria than England (apart from the TV ads in the UK which I really don’t miss). I apologise for the lack of mountain biking in this post. We thought you might like to have a peek at some of the Austrian customs. Wikipedia does a far better job of explaining these customs. I’ll provide some links at the bottom of the page if you want more details.

Noah our one year old son has the best of both worlds with an English dad and an Austrian mother, at Christmas he gets St. Nikolaus coming on the 5th December, Krampus on the 6th, Christkindl on the 24th and Father Christmas on the 25th! Not to mention Boxing day, St. Stefan’s day and the immaculate conception! This may all be a little confusing for him but we spin a good yarn to cover it.

PresentsSo what’s the 5th of December all about? Well St. Nikolaus comes to your home to tell you ‘some things where you’ve been good’ and ‘some where you’ve been bad’. Noah, for example, was told to stop eating books, whereas his cousin Anna was told to stop slapping Noah on the head. All the good children were then handed a stocking full of treats much like the ones we hang by the fireplace in England. CandlesMeanwhile the parents are drinking red wine (Zweigelt was the choice this year) and scoffing back the Weihnachten Keks and Kuchen.

During all these proceedings, a ‘child friendly’ Krampus is lurking in the background with an iron chain and leather whip. Luckily for the children he has been tamed by St. Nikolaus and his two angels. Otherwise, he’d be let loose on the naughty children.

As the festivities continue, it’s off to the Christmas markets in Kufstein to enjoy some piping hot Gluhwein and grab some last minute Christmas presents.

wiki links

Krampus – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
St. Nikolaus – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nikolaus
Christkindl – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christkindl