December 5 is celebrated as St. Nicholaus Day in parts of Europe, particularly Austria and Bavaria, where it´s also known as Krampusnacht. It´s when folks dressed up as the half-goat, half-demon Krampus – thought to be rooted in pre-Christian folklore and used to scare kids into behaving – run rampant through the streets of various towns and cities, mock-terrorizing all and sundry but particularly the little ones. Charming bit of holiday cheer, eh? In my opinion it´s enough to keep the couches of Sigmund Freud´s descendants full for the rest of their lives.
Read more in my post A Quirky Christmas tp All! 10 of the World´s Weirdest Yuletide Traditions.