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Photos: The Beasts Of The Krampus Ball

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Every year, Krampus Los Angeles hosts a Krampus Ball, where those who have been naughty over the course of the year will be judged by St. Nick's horned colleague.

The Krampus stems from Alpine folklore. He's a companion of St. Nicholas, but instead of doling our presents and holiday cheer, he'll at his best give you a lump of goal or a fistfull of twigs known as ruten bundles. At his worst, he'll scoop up a the children who have been poorly behaved, toss them in his basket and take them to Hell.

The Krampus often appears as a half-man, half-beast, which cloven hooves, a tail, long nails, sharp teeth, a serpentine tongue and horns. He is similar in form to the Wendigo, an Algonquin creature that is created associated with cannibalism. Krampus is most associated with December 5, Krampusnacht (Krampus night), which is when folklore states he will appear to judge us.

Krampus Los Angeles celebrates the season of the Krampus each year with parades, lectures, plays and a Krampus Ball. Held at the Ebell Club in Highland Park, guests of the sold-out Krampus Ball were encouraged to dress up for a night of German and Austrian traditions, performances and an appearance by the Krampus L.A. troupe.

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This year's event saw a burlesque performance from Miss Krampest Storm, who surprised the audience with udders instead of breasts, plus traditional German music and dance and a Krampus-themed KISS cover band. The crowd was also greeted by an appearance from the Krampus Los Angeles troupe, where nearly two dozen beasts flooded the room to, swatting those who had been naughty with switches. There was also a small and macabre flea market where you could by a vampiric baby doll, and traditional German desserts.

If you missed the ball, there's still time to get into the Krampus spirit. Krampus Los Angeles has several more events planned for the season.

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