AUSTRIA: Throw Out Krampus

In Austria, the approach of the Christmas season is heralded each year by a pair of advance agents who make the rounds of hearths and homes on the eve of Dec. 6 to determine which children are deserving of presents. One of the pair is St. Nicholas, a white-bearded figure full of saintly good will. As portrayed by many a thinly disguised parent or kindly uncle, St. Nicholas is always ready to believe the best of any Austrian moppet who claims to have been good enough to rate a present.

Tagging along close to the saint, however, is another investigator...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!