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Christmas gossip – move aside Bad Santa, Krampus is here. Did Santa Claus have an evil twin?
Well, not exactly but he seems to have an evil counterpart.
Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved.
According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. December 6 also happens to be Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, when German children look outside their door to see if the shoe or boot they’d left out the night before contains either presents (a reward for good behavior) or a rod (bad behavior).
Krampus is a half-goat, half-demon, horrific beast who literally beats children into being nice and not naughty.
Krampus isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams: Bearing horns, dark hair, and fangs, the anti-St. Nicholas comes with a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children. The good kids get a gift from St. Nicholas and bad kids get a gift from Krampus – a wooden stick.He then hauls the bad kids down to the underworld.
Krampus, whose name is derived from the German word krampen, meaning claw, is said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology. The legend is part of a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Germany, where Christmas celebrations begin in early December.
A more modern take on the tradition in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic involves drunken men dressed as devils, who take over the streets for a Krampuslauf—a Krampus Run of sorts, when people are chased through the streets by the “devils.”
Why scare children with a demonic, pagan monster? Maybe it’s a way for humans to get in touch with their animalistic side.
Krampus’s frightening presence was suppressed for many years—the Catholic Church forbade the raucous celebrations, and fascists in World War II Europe found Krampus despicable because it was considered a creation of the Social Democrats. #christmas #santa Claus #krampus #holidays #traditions
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Star of Bethlehem
Experts believe the star of Bethlehem which supposedly guided the magi to baby Jesus was really a conjunction of two planets.
A conjunction happens when two celestial objects appear to pass very near to each other from our perspective on Earth. Often, these conjunctions look like one large object rather than separate ones.
“A supernova in 1006, the brightest ever, was as bright as the sun,” he says. “It was visible to the naked eye for more than two years.”
According to Chinese records, there were supernova – or “guest stars” as the Chinese described them – that appeared in the sky right around the time when Jesus may have been born, in 4 and 5 BCE.
When was Jesus really born?
Most serious Bible students realize that Jesus was probably not born on December 25th. The shepherds had their flocks in open field, which implies a date prior to October. Furthermore, no competent Roman administrator would require registration involving travel during the season when Judea was generally impassable.
Here are some conjectures of when Jesus was born. Some scholars say The Star of Bethlehem may have been Venus and Jupiter coming together to form a bright light in the sky in June, some say it could’ve happened in the autumn and take make matters more confusing some say a group of other stars could have caused the bright light in spring! Unfortunately nobody really knows when Jesus was born.
Tomorrow we begin 24days of Christmas! We will post historical , unusual and rarely known facts about Christmas. I hope you enjoy it!
Here’s a bonus fact!
Was Jesus born in a manger?
First, Jesus wasn’t born in a manger but laid down in a manger, therefore, he was born already.
Lets move on.
Because of the crowds that had come to Bethlehem, there was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph , according to Luke.
While tradition says that the inn was a sort of hotel, the Greek word translated “inn” (kataluma) could be translated “guest room.”
This fact has led some to believe that Jesus may not have been born in a stable or barn, but in a house with a lower floor serving as a nighttime shelter for the families’ animals. If that were the case, it wouldn’t be surprising to find a manger located in that area of the house.
By the way, the bible states that Mary and Joseph were already staying in Bethlehem before Jesus’ birth. Hence, it is not likely that there weren’t any vacancies but more logically there wasn’t any space in the guest room of the house.