December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. yes, that St. Nik aka the Bishop of Myra, aka Santa Claus. The night before, is known as Krampusnacht.
|Krampus making new friend outside a bar in Salzburg|
We found a bunch of these guys bar-hopping along the river: after they'd done with their more official duties in the Mozartplatz, they were using their super cool costumes to charm women.
|A lovely Weiner Werkstätte style greeting card, circa 1900|
The Krampus tradition is also popular in other parts of Europe in various forms, and a common subject in Victorian greeting cards.
How my family managed all these decades without an annual visit from the Krampusse is beyond me.