|The Dark Yule Lord, bells and all
Most Americans are completely unfamiliar with the ancient Germanic legend of Krampus.
He was a consort of Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus), and the two would travel together on Christmas eve with two distinct functions: Santa would bestow gifts upon the good children, and Krampus would dole out the punishment to the bad ones.
Punishment would consist of being beaten with a switch, then stuffed into a wicker basket, and taken away forever to parts unknown. Definitely not the kind of ending you'd want on your holiday season!
I have long loved the character of Krampus, and this season, created two new ornaments in two different styles. The one above is the "Big Krampus," measuring a whopping 7 inches in length and 4 inches wide. Completely hand-sculpted from Sculpy and then painted over the course of two full days, with many layers and shadings to give him his scary countenance (I like to think I succeeded!). He's been mounted on a double-thick section of material (faux crocodile), and adorned with tufts of two different colors of faux fur. His big bulging eyes and pointy fangs glow in the dark!
From a black chain dangles three bells that, as history goes, announce the arrival of the Dark Christmas One you hope never arrives at your home!
|Red bow and double bells
He too is completely hand-made and decorated, with the surprisingly bright glow in the dark eyes and fangs.
Both of these fellas are available in my Etsy store -
with special ***FREE*** domestic shipping!
But only for this week -
this offer ends Friday, December 18, 2015.
In Bavaria, Krampus catches the naughty. (Video from the New York Times)