#EngKnowledge: Companions of Santa Clause

Tonight we’ll talk about the figures of Christmas. We are not gonna talk about Santa Clause or Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas. Instead, we are gonna see the companions of Santa Clause. Here they are.


Knecht Ruprecht is the first companion of St. Nicholas. He is found in parts of Germany folklore. He has long and thick beard. He wears furs or is covered in pea-straw. He walks with a limp. His face and clothes are often dirty as he goes down the chimney.

His duty is to ask if children know their prayers. If they do, they will receive apples, nuts, and gingerbreads. If they don’t, he will give sticks, stones, or coal.

Krampus leading children

Krampus (K) is a horned figure. He wears black rags and masks, and drags chains behind him. He is found in parts of Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia folklore. Krampus visits homes and business. He dispenses coal and bundles of birch branches instead of gifts.

Krampus is hairy, usually black or brown. He has cloven hooves and a pointed tongue.


Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is found in the folklore of the low-countries (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxemburg. He has black face and usually wears colorful renaissance attire. Piet also wears curly wigs, red lipstick, and earrings. Some people believe that Piet is black because he is a moor.

That’s all for today guys, thank you so much for your attention. We have hundreds #EngKnowledge on our web.

It might be too early to say but Merry Christmas to all of you! Also, enjoy your holiday! See you tomorrow.




Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on December 24, 2015

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