The Origin of Krampus

The Origin of Krampus

The mythical holiday beast is once again on the prowl
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The story of Krampus folklore is found to originate in Germanic folklore as early as around the 1600s and said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology. Krampus is believed to be a beastial creature who accompanies St. Nicholas on his journey. Krampus is a towering, seven foot tall, hairy creature, depicted as having bulging eyes, a whip-like tongue, pointed ears and horns atop his head. He carries a pitchfork or, more traditionally, a bundle of birch switches, to menace children as he travels through town on a pair of mismatched feet: one cloven hoof, the other a bear-like claw.

While St. Nicholas rewards the good children with gifts and sweets, Krampus dispenses punishment to the children on the "naughty" list. According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. December 6 also happens to be Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, when German children look outside their door to see if the shoe or boot they'd left out the night before contains either presents or a rod. Children caught by Krampus are spanked, whipped and even shackled to be spirited away in either a basket or barrel to Krampus' lair. Once there they receive further punishment until they are repentant.

In Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic the tradition became a sort of "Krampus Run" or Krampuslauf . It involves drunken people dressed as devils; they take over the streets and scare people.


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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

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The Ultimate Guide To Surviving The Mall On Black Friday

You'll need these tips to ensure a successful shopping trip.

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In my family, once our bellies are full from too much turkey and stuffing, it's time to gather up the girls and hit the mall for Black Friday. If you're anything like me, you wait for this day to come around every year. Since you're up for a huge day of shopping, follow these steps to make sure your excursion is successful.

1. Have a game plan. 

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This is the most important step of all. Go through the ads and make a list of every store you want to hit on Black Friday. That way, when the time comes you are prepared and not left wondering where to go next. If you're travailing for Black Friday, check out a map of the nearest mall.

2. Stick together.

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There's nothing quite scarier than getting separated from your group while out at the mall on a day as busy as this one. You're going to want to stick together.

3. Keep your phone ringer on high. 

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In order to prevent getting separated from your group, keep your phone volume on! This way, if something were to happen, you're only a call away.

4. Eat something before you go out. 

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If you leave first thing in the morning on Friday, make sure to fill up on some breakfast before venturing out.

5. Stay caffeinated.

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It's inevitable. At some point in the day, you're going to crash. Stay caffeinated all day to reduce the likelihood of this happening.

6. Pack snacks. 

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ALWAYS pack snacks. You can eat them while you stand in line and save yourself money from being tempted by a stop at the food court.

7. Prepare your coupons ahead of time. 

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In order to be courteous of retail staff and those behind you in line, have your coupons ready in advance. If they're from a magazine ad, have them cut. If they're on your phone, have them handy for when you reach the register. No one likes the person who holds up the line longer than it already is.

8. Don't overspend. 

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This is probably the hardest step of all, but create a budget and try not to break it.

9. Have a list of presents you need to buy. 

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Gather up everyone's Christmas list and have in mind what you might be purchasing for them. This makes things easier on this already frantic day.

10. Don't forget to buy some things for yourself. 

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Take advantage of the great sales and treat yourself to some new things. You won't regret it.

11. Last but not least, wish for next year to come sooner. 

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Once Black Friday passes, all you can think about is how you can't wait for next year's shopping excursions.

With these tips in mind, you'll conquer Black Friday with no doubt. Shop on!

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