In Alpine folklore the Krampus is sort of like St Nick's sidekick. Usually he's depicted as more goatlike than he is here, but he always has an oversized tongue and weapons to beat children with. Santa Claus rewards the good girls and boys. Meanwhile, the Krampus punishes naughty children by hitting them with chains and switches, and then carrying them off to hell in a basket. I'll take a lump of coal in my stocking, thanks very much.
In many European countries, there was a longstanding tradition of sending Krampuskarten (Krampus cards) like this one at holiday time.
Buy this irreverent Krampus t-shirt to to show your (really) old-school style.