Eau Claire’s Broom and Crow shop to host Krampus photoshoot

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Caution or pleasure? The Broom and Crow, a shop in Eau Claire, is holding a holiday photo session, but it won’t be your typical visit with Santa Claus! (Photo was submitted.)

What is Krampus?

Pictures of Krampus are a unique and entertaining alternative to the traditional Santa Claus Christmas card (and still make a great Christmas card to share with loved ones). This is an event for adults only that adds just the right amount of eerie atmosphere to the holiday season.

Tabatha Voss, proprietor of The Broom and Crow, stated that she was motivated to open her business because of the numerous visits she made as a child to see Santa Claus. After what seemed like a very long time, my brother and I waited for the big guy in red while wearing cumbersome winter coats and sweaters that were uncomfortable.

Tabatha Voss holds the position of manager at The Broom and Crow.

What is the importance of folklore?

This time around, Voss is bringing her passion for folklore to the store by hosting an event in which customers can meet Krampus rather than Santa Claus (a figure from Germanic lore).

Voss has made it abundantly clear that Krampus is not Santa Claus’s adversary in any way. Instead, he is the diabolical counterpart of Santa Claus.

He is the one who punishes naughty children by stuffing their stockings with coal, sticking sticks in their shoes, or putting them in a sack and sending them to hell for all eternity. It certainly seems like a lot of fun, don’t you think?

Krampusnacht Mini Market Offers Local Artwork, Fortunetelling, and Unique Gifts

This event is scheduled to take place at The Broom and Crow on November 11 and 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. The photographs will make wonderful presents for the holiday season if you have been a good person and are not afraid of the consequences.

The Krampusnacht Mini Market will be located on the lower level of the shop, and it will offer fortune-telling in addition to selling local artwork and one-of-a-kind medicines. Voss said that people should expect to find a lot of great handcrafted gifts for the important people in their lives.

If you weren’t able to make it this time, you’ll have another chance to do so at the Krampusnacht Mini Market that will be held on December 9-10 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The Broom and Crow pub will play host to the event. It is highly recommended that you pay Krampus a visit during this year’s holiday season in the spirit of “love and light.”