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Better Watch Out: Krampus Is Coming to Town

By December 18, 2011

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KrampusYou know all about Santa's eight reindeer... the elves... and Mrs. Claus.

But Santa has another companion -- one with a darker history.

His name is Krampus, and while Santa brings presents to good kids, Krampus punishes the bad ones -- and takes the worst ones away in his own sack.

Krampus isn't celebrated much this days and it's not hard to see why -- but in some parts of Europe, Krampus has his own festival where people put on costumes and scare the bejeezus out of little kids.

See some stunning photos and learn the history of this bizarre tradition in my special gallery, "Krampus is Coming: Santa's Little-Known Companion."

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