Krampus, Saint Nicholas and Santa


From the Original Illustration of Margaret Clark 1901-2001 Australian
From the Original Illustration of Margaret Clark 1901-2001 Australian
Farmer’s Wife Magazine talking to Santa December 1928
The Life And Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
Santa from Adventures in Wonderland Feb 1956. The baby face on the Santa is creepy (to me) but some kind of sanctification has to happen to make a regular man into Santa, otherwise he’s just a creepy old man or a chimney demon. (I believe this is meant as a colouring in page.)
Snow Buntings Woman Of Fashion - Puck Magazine Illustration By Will Hammell circa Jan 1914
Snow Buntings Woman Of Fashion – Puck Magazine Illustration By Will Hammell circa Jan 1914
Einar-Nerman, Santa Claus, 1922
Einar-Nerman, Santa Claus, 1922
M. P. Pamela COLEBOURN
M. P. Pamela Colebourn
THE CHRISTMAS BOOK Boys & Girls 1950s Santa Children’s Story Book
Sidney Sime coal
Sidney Sime coal
Boy's Life Magazine December 1934 Santa
Boy’s Life Magazine December 1934 Santa
Outdoor Life January 1937 Lucky Strike cigarette advertisement
Outdoor Life January 1937 Lucky Strike cigarette advertisement
The Open Road For Boys Magazine cover art Santa on a horse
The Open Road For Boys Magazine cover art Santa on a horse

FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION

Magic and Legends of Old Chrstimas, a 12 part YouTube series by Benito Cereno

The Krampus has become a big folkloric figure at Christmas time in recent years. But less discussed and of equal interest are the female figures of the Perchten from the alpine regions. On this, the final episode of Season 3 of the Folklore Podcast, host Mark Norman redresses the balance in an interview with alpine folklore expert Al Ridenour, the creator of the Bone and Sickle podcast.

One version of the German Santa is known as the “Belsnickel”. He is stern, usually dressed in furs. Like Wee Willy Winky in Scotland, German parents say, “The Belsnickel is coming, you better be good.” The Belsnickel is thought whip children. Like other vindictive Santas, he can gift lumps of coal instead of candy.