8. Santa is Accompanied by Elves and Reindeer
Santa is known to work with happy elves who make toys for all of the good children, and on Christmas Eve Santa traverses the world in a sleigh pulled by a pack of reindeer with memorable names.
However, Krampus is accompanied by demonic creatures and witches who feed on the life spirit of children and rejoice when Krampus places the naughty juveniles in a sack that he carries back to the underworld.
Many areas of the world host Krampus parades where men and women dress up as the Christmas demon and race through the city streets dancing, shaking chains, and bearing whips, all to the delight of onlookers.
7. Santa is Invited into Your Home
Even though Santa enters sneakily through the chimney, he is still welcome in the home. It is normally a tradition for children to write letters to Santa asking him to come with a special gift.
Much of the folklore states that Krampus arrives the night before Christmas Eve to run through the streets in order to seek out naughty children and hunt them down for punishment.
So, when the children wake on Christmas Eve, there is a sense of relief and celebration that they were seen as “good” for the year and escaped the fortuitous wrath of the feared Krampus.