Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Holidays!!!

We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

Your SkiAustria Team

Have you been good this year?

Everybody knows Santa Claus but who knows is companion „Krampus“? Santa Claus has long been the symbol of Christmas, bringing joy and presents to all the good girls and boys. But children in Austria also know his horned helper…

Rather than giving presents to children, Krampus gives the bad ones beatings with a whip (made from birch sticks and horsehair) and nightmares. As for the really, really naughty kids, Krampus drops them in a wicker basket on his back and takes them away to his lair – the underworld.

So on Krampus Night, the eve of December 5, children took care to not attract the attention of the intimidating beast, in hopes that Santa Claus would bring presents on Saint Nicholas Day, December 6 .

Traditional annual parades also known as Perchtenlauf are still held throughout Austria in which young men dress up in fur suits and carved wooden masks to chase people through the streets snarling and shaking chains at onlookers.

Image: © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus – / Walter Schweinöster

Counting the days until Christmas…

Another way of counting the days until Christmas is by a calendar. Today there are many types of calendars in different countries. Some only have a picture behind each window, some are made in the theme of television shows or famous brands.

In Austria the calendars have 24 windows and normally a scene from the Christmas story is displayed underneath. But the best part of counting the days until Christmas are the small pieces of chocolate formed like a snowman, a candle or a present that are hidden behind each window.

A joy not only for the small ones but also for the chocolate loving grown-ups! 🙂