Why monsters haunt Christmas in Europe but not America (qz.com)

Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Krampus, Alto Adige, Italia. Author : Luca Lorenzi

Article by Caitin Hu, editor Colors magazine and published December 24, 2014 on qz.com

The worst isn’t the screams or the snow or the mind-numbing blare of “Night on Bald Mountain” on repeat. It’s the cowbells: a rusty jangle that means the Christmas monsters are coming.

Until Jan. 6, demons, witches and monsters haunt Europe.

The season of terror begins on Dec. 5, the eve of Saint Nicholas’ Day, with public parades of the saint’s supposed companions: Across the Italian, Austrian and Slovenian Alps, cowbell-slung demons called Krampus storm mountain towns…

Read full article on qz.com : http://qz.com/317080/why-america-doesnt-have-christmas-monsters/

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