Forget the Elf on the Shelf, I’ll Take Krampus in the Corner
I'm sure your Facebook feed is starting to look a lot like mine. Full of pictures of everyone's Elf on the Shelf and their different nightly shenanigans. Well not in my house! I don't get it, why have an elf make your kids behave for a month. When you can scare the crap out of them and have them be good year round with Krampus.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want kids to be scared for life, but Krampus use to be the Ying to Saint Nicolas' Yang. And December 5th (today) is his day. So why not have him make a comeback? Last night, our 7-year-old got into some pretty serious trouble and I remembered a meme I saw stating "Forget the Elf on the Shelf, Give me Krampus in the Corner." I brought it up to my husband as we were talking about the events of what happened and how our daughter had mentioned something about getting an Elf of our own. My husband had never heard of Krampus, so I looked him up to give him an idea of what I was talking about.
While at the dinner table, my husband said to our daughter that she might want to rethink her behavior because tomorrow is Krampus' day, and he's way different from the Elf on the Shelf. Which sparked a whole dinner conversation about Krampus, his backstory, and how he relates to Christmas and Saint Nicholas.
After dinner as our kids were picking up the living room and I was picking up the dinner mess, I hear our oldest tell our youngest to help pick up or Krampus would come and scoop her up in his basket. Now our youngest is two, so I know she didn't understand what her sister meant. But our eldest, she got it and I'm pretty sure we won't be hearing about the Elf and his Shelf for a while.
Not sure who Krampus is or his backstory? MentalFloss.com has 9 Facts About Krampus, St. Nicks Demonic Companion.