Krampus! Live!

17 Dec

In Old Europe and Old Croatia, the jolly Saint Nicholas was not the only one making house calls. Trailing behind him to deal with the naughty among us, was his fiendish, switch-wielding cohort, Krampus, who wasn’t known for checking his list twice.
Epically frightful, Krampus appeared as a traditional devil with cloven hooves and goatish horns, carrying chains and a bundle of switches to mete out Saint Nicholas’ reluctant punishment. It was sorry business, indeed, to be found on Krampus’ list as he would spare no rod on those lacking check marks in the ‘nice’ column.

Instead of coal, Krampus would bring switches. Instead of presents, Krampus would give lectures. He was, quite possibly, the world’s first Dom.
It should be no surprise, then, that the holiday greeting card craze of the mid-1800s through WWI focused on the figure of Krampus in a more eroticized light. Naughty Krampus postcards were all the rage, capitalizing on the mischievous side of the season.

Never mind that the man was covered in head-to-toe fur and probably smelled like a zoo. He was Krampus, the dude with the rock ‘n roll name, and he came bearing switches and retribution.
That’s a kinky recipe if there ever was one.

Note: The postcards shown are from dates considerably later than the initial Krampus craze, but the original sources are unknown.

20 Responses to “Krampus! Live!”

  1. Paul December 17, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Pink

    The picture of the smirking girl near the Christmas Tree,she obviously needs a good spanking and caning and some corner time – then she can stand in front of the tree. Showing a Darker Pink Bottom…

    Can see you laughing Pink..!

    • Barely Pink December 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

      I would very much enjoy seeing that, Paul! Better yet — to be in the corner. 🙂

  2. D December 17, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    As your Dom, I have to say that this post doesn’t krampus my style one switch.

    • Barely Pink December 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

      Honey, very little could krampus your style.

  3. Gern Blandershphelt December 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    World’s first dom ‘eh? Sounds like this ‘krampus’ and I would get along.

    In my country the man who visits those poor, wretched souls who found themselves on the naughty list is named Black Pete. He brings coal and switches. The switches being so very much more relevant to us.

    Pink, as always, your writing inspires me to dirty, nay, filthy thoughts….

    • Barely Pink December 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

      I hope I get some switches in my stocking, Gern! (Welcome to my blog, btw. And what a name you have.)

      I like to inspire filthy thoughts. That’s a job I will gladly do.

  4. Michael December 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Great set of Krampus cards, Pink, and you know a dude is nasty if his name is a combination of kramp and pus. Congratulations on this post being Chrossed. Way to go! 🙂

    • Barely Pink December 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

      Haha, I snorted. Yes, “cramp” and “pus” are two very serious things, especially when combined. Sounds like a nasty personal problem. 🙂

      That Chross sure has good taste, eh? 😉 Seriously it is so cool. I’m always so excited about that!

  5. Libby December 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    This is adorable, Love! Thanks for the history lesson.


    • Barely Pink December 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

      I found it fascinating, Libby! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂



    • Barely Pink December 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

      And thank you, Libby, for linking to this post! You found some great Krampus cards! Krampus lives! 🙂

  6. Brett December 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Very interesting, Pink.

    ‘Tis the season to channel my inner Krampus.

    • Barely Pink December 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

      Let that inner bad boy out, Brett. I might suggest a good shave first, though. 😉

  7. Dave Wolfe December 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    As a student of Folklore, Pink, I really appreciate this educational entry and your sassily clever presentation! Thank you, and thanks to Libby and the others who have posted links to it!

    Also furry, but no cloven hooves,


    • Barely Pink December 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

      Welcome to my blog, Wolfie, fur and all! I’d have to draw the line at cloven hooves so that’s a relief… 🙂

      Don’t be a stranger — I love your work!

  8. Raven Red December 19, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    D..not krampus his style? That did bring forth quite a giggle I must admit..
    I am just wondering how Uncle Nick would react if I start calling him Sir Krampus…as it is, his name already reflects a possible lineage to Krampus in anyway..
    And I am SO hoping that he is NOT going to read this post – well maybe the post, but definitely not the comments!



    • Barely Pink December 19, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      I won’t point him here.

      Nick strikes me as a pretty learned man, however, Raven. So I may suggest steering clear of calling him Krampus. Unless…?



  9. Dave December 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Looks like Krampus is getting his fur tanned in the chess match, in that last illo, with the white pieces offering both a strategic and tactical advantage, kramping his centre game.

    • Barely Pink December 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      I suspect Krampus is more brawn than brains, although he leaves the dirty work to the switch. (Doesn’t want to kramp his hand?)

      That was a stretch…:P

  10. Dave December 23, 2010 at 12:40 am #


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