Get into the holiday spirit with Krampus!

In recent years, with the Halloween Season and the Christmas season blending into one long holiday clustermuck, the macabre influence on Christmas has caused a resurgence in an old character that had nearly been forgotten. In Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, demonic-looking fellow who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. He’s the Yang to Saint Nicholas’ Yin.  Krampus is one of a number of strange companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe.

Krampus is one scary dude. While he is a compadre of Saint Nick, he looks a little like Dave Grohl in the Tenacious D movie. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, he was the subject of a holiday-themed horror movie.

Dave Grohl in "The Pick of Destiny." See the resemblance?

Dave Grohl in “The Pick of Destiny.” See the resemblance?

Our final pick in the PopCult Gift Guide this year is your chance to get a photo with Krampus, courtesy of Mike and Rose Winland, the masterminds behind ShockaCon.

You will have one last chance on December 20, making this truly a “last-minute” gift, to have your photo taken with Krampus. You can have your photo, your child’s, your pet, or your recently-deceased and cremated loved ones (as long as their remains are kept properly within a legal container) taken with a festively-adorned creature who looks like he just stepped off of a Heavy Metal album cover.

While you wait to have your photo taken with Krampus, you can check out The Fright Before Christmas Art Show. This all happens Sunday December 20, from  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mike Winland Studios, 5306 Maccorkle Ave SE in Kanawha City.


That is it for our tenth anniversary PopCult Gift Guide. This has been our biggest ever, clocking in at over 25,000 words. Late tonight, I will post a master index of all 100 items that we put forth for you this year. Then, if all goes according to plan, Monday will see the Christmas episode of Radio Free Charleston. Thanks for reading, and please have a wondeful holiday.