That is cool. Good luck to them.We have some guys here in Richmond trying to bring the tradition here...
I like how they have been incorporating mythology lately. That's what I was thinking when I saw the preview after last night's episode, too. The' El Cucuy' episode was funny as hell, so maybe this upcoming one will also be tongue-in-cheek and have lots of black humor.It looks like the show Grimm will have an episode on Krampus. At least that's what it looks like in the preview.
Well, you can drool along with me at the pictures of this one-of-a-kind doll http://www.flickr.com/photos/missmonstermel/sets/72157632676085616/with/8243007526/This is new to me .. I'm so in love with Krampus
Too bad that organized religion often has a way of mucking up nearly everything by devouring or twisting any conflicting cultural aspects. I would have preferred that original version of Santa to the jolly fat man any day. Although, if malls would still have huge crowds lining up waiting to sit their children on a goat man's lap is debatableHere in Finland and in other Scandinavian countries we had/have an old tradition of Santa Claus, but that actually was not the same. It used to be a horned figure that traveled from house to house, and later it had a function of taking the Yule away. Unfortunately, american influence, Coca-cola and Christian brainwash has changed our Joulupukki into that same Santa Claus you know.
I'm sorry if I sounded bitter (I'm Not! ) or you felt I tried to blame Americans, I don't, I do understand things change and it's not always bad or something to be sad about. Of course it's not just the american commercialism, but it really has been a huge influence on replacing/influencing old traditions throughout Europe. I'm not saying it's always bad, because it has also brought Halloween to us again (although we had an old tradition in that spot as well). But the religiousness has ruined many old traditions and I do not value that so much. I don't want to bash anyones values, but the violent lost of something old is a bit sad. I'm not saying it's just those things, but it is a huge part of it.I'm sorry that you feel a loss of one of your traditions, but I think blaming it on 'American commercialism' and 'Christian brainwashing' is perhaps a bit heavy-handed.
Throughout the history of mankind, holidays and traditions have been influenced and changed through interaction with other cultural influences. It's just a part of the human experience. Some of those holidays and traditions are deeply rooted and endure outside influences; others are not. Perhaps you could find other people in Finland (and other Scandinavian countries) that still feel a strong connection to the Joulupukki traditions; collaborate on keeping those traditions alive, and teaching them to today's youth.