Category:Companions of Saint Nicholas

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Compagni di San Nicola (it); Compagnons de saint Nicolas (fr); Nikolaus-Begleiter (gsw); Companions of Saint Nicholas (en); Houseker (lb); Acompañantes de Santa Claus (es); metgezel van Sint Nicolaas (nl) Housécker (lb); Pelznickel, Krampus, Bickesel, Rauhpelz, Pelzmärte, Schmutzli, Knecht Ruprecht (gsw); begeleider van Sinterklaas, hulp van Sint-Nicolaas (nl)

The companions of Saint Nicholas are a group of closely related figures who accompany Saint Nicholas throughout the territories formerly in the Holy Roman Empire. These characters act as a foil to the benevolent Christmas gift-bringer, threatening to thrash or abduct disobedient children. Jacob Grimm (Deutsche Mythologie) associated this character with the pre-Christian house spirit (kobold, elf) which could be benevolent or malicious, but whose mischievous side was emphasized after Christianization. The association of the Christmas gift-bringer with elves has parallels in English and Scandinavian folklore, and is ultimately and remotely connected to the modern Christmas elf in American folklore.

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