• Santa's Evil Twin

    In Austria, St. Nicholas delivers gifts to good children along with a menacing demon named Krampus, who carries bad children off in a basket.
  • Santa's Evil Twin

    Austria's St. Nicholas distributes apples to good children, while Krampus stuffs a bad one in his basket.
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    Austria's St. Nicholas with his companion Krampus, and children preparing to be judged. Austria, 2006 reproduction.
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    An elaborate legend from France links St. Nicholas to a butcher called Père Fouettard. The butcher kills three children, but here, St. Nicholas resurrects them. France, 1922.
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    An Austrian postcard showing St. Nicholas with Krampus, who is carrying off a child in a basket. Austria, undated.
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    In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, St. Nicholas visits children accompanied by a devil. But an angel is usually there to protect the children, too. Czech Republic, 1932.
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    Austria's St. Nicholas and Krampus approaching a beautiful lady. Austria, 1970.
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    In the Netherlands, a white-bearded Sinterklaas vists children accompanied by "Black Peter," who may carry off disobedient children. The Netherlands, undated.
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    In France, St. Nicholas demands that the butcher show him the children he killed. France, 1935.
    Courtesy of the St. Nicholas Center
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    In the French legend, St. Nicholas punishes Père Fouettard for butchering children by condemning him to follow behind him in shame for all eternity. France, 1935.
    Courtesy of the St. Nicholas Center
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