My memories of St. Nicholas and his scary companions go back to my early childhood. Days or even weeks before, I morphed in the best behaved child ever. Help Mummy nicely, don’t argue with your brother… the list was long. Then he’s sure to praise me, good ‘ole Nicholas, I thought. Has surely got a little sack for me and his beautiful angels will smile at me in a friendly way. And the evil “Krampus” will have to stay outside.That’s more of less what my thoughts were as a child as the 6th of December, St. Nicholas day approached. In Pongau and Pinzgau, and in other districts of Salzburg, the tradition of St. Nicholas is deeply rooted. Let me tell you all about it.Traditionally speaking various “passes“ are out and about on the 5th and 6th of December. A “pass” consists of St. Nicholas, his basket-carrier and scary figures, the Krampus. They go from house to house and visit the inhabitants. In many resorts they are also accompanied by two ladies clothed in white, the angels.