First of all I would like to point out that more than one adult male in our tiny Austrian village had such a costume. Then I'd like to point out they have whips. These days the "punishing" largely seems to involve scaring the heck out of tourists and going around friends' places demanding beer and schnapps.
One of the traditions that is rather less bizarre is that of Christmas Markets... or Baby Jesus Markets as we translated them (Baby Jesus is my favourite Jesus... name that film... then admit to sharing terrible taste with my family). At the time I was visiting Christmas Markets in Vienna and Salzburg I was still on a camera that took film... I KNOW. That was the Christmas when I got a digital camera. I didn't do justice to the Christmas markets at all but they were quite magical.
|You can't have a traditional German Christmas Market without Chinese Food!|