Krampus is Coming to Town

Two years ago, I gave a talk at Skepticon* called How to Ruin Christmas for Nearly Everyone, in which I argued (in part) that it’s fun and beneficial to lie to children, particularly concerning Santa. I told the audience about an even better myth: Krampus, an evil demon said to stuff little children in a sack and drag them to hell around Christmastime. I’m very excited to announce that you can now incorporate Krampus into your holiday traditions with Krampus stockings and Krampus gift wrap from Skeptical Robot! Plus, we have new holiday cards:

And don’t forget that our Merry Squidmas cards go nicely with these Happy Monkey cards:

Happy Monkey Cards

Krampus Stocking

Remember: he knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good, or be dragged to hell in a sack.

*Join me, and a bunch of other Skepchick contributors, at Skepticon 5 this weekend!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. November 7, 2012 at 11:11 am —

    Is it just me, or is Squidmas getting too commercial?

  2. November 7, 2012 at 11:59 am —

    You should do a Happy Monkey button, I’m thinking it would sell well :)

  3. November 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm —

    While searching for krampus decorations, I found this secular, family-friendly event in Philadelphia:
    Wish I still lived in Allentown now.

  4. November 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm —

    Hi Jessica. Todd from the Tally Atheists here. Just in case you hadn’t heard, yet, proposed Amendments 6 and 8 were both defeated!

  5. November 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm —

    If we don’t lie to children how will they learn to deal with exo/esoteric thinking?

  6. November 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm —

    So is Squidmas PZ Meyer’s favorite holiday?

    Love the stocking, too. Be funny to freak out my cousin with that.

    • November 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm —

      Shit, just realized I misspelled PZ Myer’s name.


      • November 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm —


      • November 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm —

        PZ Myers’ name is used to being abused by now. You managed to misspell it two different ways in the space of a few minutes. :)

  7. November 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm —

    Rebecca Watson,

    Nice Pictures! That stocking is kind of funny.

  8. November 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm —

    Awe. Some. I might just have to forgo my trademark brown paper and string wrapping for once.

  9. November 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm —

    I think that this (the kernel of the Krampus ideal) was already covered by the creepy-assed, “Elf-on-a-Shelf” sold at Hallmark. The main-stream retailers may have beat you to the “creep the sh– out of kids for December to keep them in line”-thing.

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