There is an underlying lesson that we all need to hear and consider. It just might change how we interact with the people we love and often seem to take for granted. Have you ever criticized the food choice, the clothing choice, the decor choice, the table setting choice, anything about the family Christmas day celebration? Or have you been the criticized host, hostess or attendee? If so, you will totally get the message of the movie. Of course, you may have just observed these bad actions. If that is the case, you will have no trouble grasping the plot. I suspect we can all identify in one way or another. Perhaps, even cheer the Krampus.
You see, Krampus is a rather evil dude who comes in place of Santa to those who have been, shall we say, "naughty". He even brings evil toys and minion elves with him.
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The History of KrampusKrampus is an old folklore figure that resembles the image of the devil we are all accustomed to seeing. He has cloven hooves and goat horns. He is a hairy "devil" with a long tongue.
In the old tales, he is the antithesis of Santa and punishes children who have been bad. In the movie, he is referred to as the "shadow of Santa".
Making it Personal
I never like to ruin a movie for anyone by giving away too much of the plot, so in this case I am going to give a personal example. Just this year, my mother spent a day before Christmas helping me wrap gifts. I always enjoy the time with my Mom. I can be just "me" with Mom, which makes these laborious activities much easier. However, I am still always tired by the end of the day.
As it was getting dark, Dad came in and offered to take us to look at the Christmas lights. I confess, I was still in my pajamas. I honestly can't remember if Mom and I stopped for lunch or if we just snacked all day when hunger pains hit. At first, I grumbled to myself that I didn't want to go look at stupid Christmas lights. Then I thought, but it would make a fantastic opportunity to take pictures. So, I grabbed my house shoes and camera and jumped in the car.
When we got to the town square, I was literally overwhelmed by the breathtaking beauty of the entire square decorated with garland, ribbons and lights. I wanted to take pictures from the car, but there were cars parked in the way, so I grumbled about the cars being in the way. Dad drove around the square to give us a view of the lights from every angle and to find a good photo spot. As he was cruising around, this woman slowly crossed the street in front of us, because she was looking at the lights as she walked and not the traffic. I grumbled about how people really needed to pay attention to cars to avoid being run over. After all, the driver of the car could be looking at lights too. Than, a toddler came running toward the street. (Remember the cars were parked in every parking spot and the child could only be seen due to movement catching our eyes.) I grumbled that parents really needed to be watching their children.
It was at this point, that I recognized myself that every word out of my mouth since we got in the car had be negative. I started laughing and said, "grumble, grumble, grumble! Bah, Humbug! I guess I am going the spend the whole holiday grumbling!" My parents laughed. You see, they know me well and take my grumbling in stride.
I used this real life illustration because the grumbling and criticizing others is exactly the kind of attitude and action that would bring the Krampus to MY Chimney!
Just so you know, I never got that picture, but I did get a Filet O' Fish from McDonalds on the way home. Wait! That is not truly accurate. I got 2 Filet O' Fish sandwiches. I felt much better after getting out of the house for a bit, spending time with my parents, looking at the beautiful Christmas lights, and eating. Go Back in Your Hole, Krampus!
Krampus, the Movie
The movie starts with an exaggerated version of something we have all experienced. Christmas shopping and how crazy people get over getting the "last", the "only", the "must haves".
The children's Christmas play is interrupted by a fight between children. The mall Santa Clause is shown to be a pervert. And then, the out of town family arrives, with surprises! Seriously, don't people know you don't surprise the hostess at Christmas!!!
When Max's letter to Santa is read at the dinner table, Max is embarrassed, upset that his private thoughts had been shared with the entire family, and deeply distressed that others were hurt by those words. He destroys the letter and throws it out the window. It is immediately gathered into the sky. What happens next will scare the Christmas socks right off your feet!
Keep Krampus Away! Watch the Movie and Behave!
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