In ancient times, a dark, hairy, horned beast was said to show up at the door to beat children, and carry them off in his sharp claws. The Krampus could be heard in the night by the sound of his echoing cloven hooves and his rattling iron chains. The strangest part was that he was in league with Santa Claus.
GW: Christian culture has adopted many things from the non-Christian quarter & we have to be careful how we handle this. Neither Santa Claus nor Krampas are featured in the real story of Christmas. Certainly there were 3 Wise Men who made their way to Bethlehem by following a Star but Santa with his Reindeer Sleigh did not turn up there to welcome the Christ Child with presents. Thanks to Kinninigan for the link.