Last year, I had a little fun with the Grinch and Bigfoot. I suggested that they were the same creature.
This year seems to be the perfect time to re-examine the theory and include my favorite Christmas being the Krampus.
Let’s take a look at the ecology of the Grinch, Bigfoot/Yeti, and the Krampus. All three creatures have origins their origins in rural mountainous regions. The Grinch lives in an icy cave on a mountaintop, the Krampus hails from the Alpine regions, and the Yeti (Bigfoot) lives in icy mountainous areas (among other locations).
According to the Salish Syilx tribe of the Okanagan, their Bigfoot legends tell of stolen children who are consumed. Krampus also steals bad children during the Christmas season and licks (tastes?) them. The Grinch is only known to steal Christmas related items, perhaps a modified Krampus behavior?
The Krampus is depicted as having horns, but Bigfoot and the Grinch clearly do not have horns. However, the Grinch does have hair issues that can resemble horns to the untrained eye.
The Grinch is green while the Krampus has a brown or black color and a Bigfoot can have various colors according the Bigfoot expert Matt Moneymaker of “Finding Bigfoot” fame. Polar bears have been known to become green due to algae growth so it is not impossible that a Krampus or Bigfoot might assume that coloration.
With both horns and hooves, Krampus has obvious physical differences from the Bigfoot and Grinch. However, it might be argued that the Krampus has developed specialized parts for the Alpine climate. Of course, the physical descriptions of the Krampus may be in error.
While you are celebrating your Christmas holidays, and you see the Grinch, take a moment to ponder his relationship to the Krampus.
Merry Krampus, errr Christmas!