Cheer of Fear?

I have no children, so questions of Santa’s existence rarely arise. When they do, I typically say, “Yes, Santa’s real – but he’s better known as Saint Nicholas and has been dead for almost 1,000 years.” I’m a hit at Christmas parties, I tell you what.

Now, Kystal has often said that if we ever have children she won’t discourage them from believing in Santa. Which is fine, so long as I can also encourage a healthy belief in Krampus (or Krampus-like substitute). For whatever reason, this does not earn me any brownie points with Krystal. sigh

So, in this spirit, if I were to, say, dress up as Krampus and come to your house to terrorize any would-be gift recipients, here’s my naughty/nice list. And remember: adults count, too. If Belsnickel visited the Office, Krampus can visit you.

Truth: I grew up in the Scranton area and knew more than one person almost exactly like Dwight Schrute. Eerie.




Books (beware: condensed books will negate the “nice” point)

Pets (and, because I can be rather arbitrary like Pratchett’s DEATH, I’m particularly fond of cats)

British comedies, particularly the Pythons and Fawlty Towers


Fountain pens


Comfy blankets





Cycling – stop thinking you can rule the road and ignore basic etiquette

Unsweet tea (I’m a converted Northerner)

Snakes, spiders and other creatures that should never under any circumstances be kept in the same house as human beings

Tacky wall “art”


Dirty dishes

Empty TP rolls

Uninformed decisions

Spreading fake news

Dissing history

10 thoughts on “Cheer of Fear?

    1. Belsnickel and Krampus are Santa’s “helpers” in certain areas of Germany – in that they punish bad children rather than reward good children. Krampus is indeed a terror, bringing switches, chains, and a basket to carry extremely wicked children off to the underworld.

      Dwight Schrute is a character from the American version of The Office, and he once made the office Christmas party a “Schrute Christmas” based on Germanic customs ( including Belsnickel and an extremely offensive character named Zwarte Piet).

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      1. We’ll, I’m liking the sound of all this! How have I lived for so long and not known about Belsnickel and his sidekick? I now have something to threaten misbehaving children with! I love the Office but never seen the US one, I’ll be on YouTube very soon! Thanks for the info, and I hope you are feeling better.

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  1. The only Santa I know is St. Nicholas also. I’ve always loved hearing about the real deal. We never celebrated with Santa in our family and never really missed it. Felt like a lie so we never started it up.

    Great story, and I had not heard of those Germanic characters either

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  2. Love Krampus! He terrorized my children when they were young…yes I am indeed a warped person. and……..I have the complete Fawlty Towers on dvd AND blue ray. No, I don’t HAVE a blue ray player, they were bought “just in case” I ever do buy such a thing!

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