2. Austria’s Krampus
According to Austrian folklore, jolly Saint Nicholas makes the rounds with a sidekick in tow – the devilish Krampus. The hairy creature visits Austrian children annually, but where Saint Nicholas bestows lavish gifts to all the good little girls and boys, Krampus does the unthinkable – he unleashes punishment to those on the naughty list. If he discovers a particularly bad child, he bundles him into a sack and carts him away, presumably for a midnight snack!