But Krampus continues to have his moment in the US, and may become a permanent fixture in the American holiday season. He brings a bit of Halloween to Christmas. And, even if he came to life in the Alpine regions of Europe centuries ago as a corrective to bad child behavior, in modern celebrations, Krampusnacht seems to be aimed at and enjoyed by adults. Largely drunken adults. And he can easily be celebrated by people who don't do Christmas.
So far, though, Krampus has not entered the lexicon, as far as I know, but I propose that Krampus become a verb. Example, "I Krampused that dude. He got in my face, and I Krampused his ass." That's because Krampus is, beyond any doubt, a violent figure. That's means he fits in very well with fairy tales, which are, as you know, usually violent.
I'm not advocating violence, but it seems to me, the ugly but compelling word, Krampus, is perfect for verbal sparring.
So today, whether you honor Krampus by drinking a fine German beverage, reading *Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus or seeing the new movie, Krampus, keep a little bit of the tough guy in your heart and maybe on your tongue, if someone gets in your face.
* You can find Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus at Amazon or by visiting worldweaverpress.com.