The Krampus visit to Bremerton made for a festive community night out

As owner-operators of a small Bremerton business, we'd like to express our gratitude to Eric Morley and all the participants in Friday's KRAMPUSNACHT. This festive event brought happy throngs downtown, resulting in the best sales at our store, Vulca’s Mediterranean Market, in the 19 months we've been open, with many folks also returning the next day to shop. We’re looking forward to next year.

Far from looking terrified, the many children we saw clearly enjoyed the spectacle, much as children enjoy Halloween. Avoid this pagan festival if you wish, but remember that pagan societies revered the earth and honored Nature's cycles. While Santa Claus embodies the domestic warmth of midwinter holidays, Krampus offers balance, reminding us of the wild creatures and dark forests outside our circle of light.

As the toll of modern humanity's damage to the natural world increasingly threatens all our lives, maybe it's time to re-examine some pagan traditional values.

Ian Logan and Alison Slow Loris, Bremerton

This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: The Krampus visit to Bremerton made for a festive community night out