The original plan had been for Bowie and Crosby to sing just “Little Drummer Boy.” But “David came in and said: ‘I hate this song. Is there something else I could sing?’” [song co-writer Ian] Fraser said. “We didn’t know quite what to do.”
Fraser, [Buz] Kohan and [Larry] Grossman left the set and found a piano in the studios’ basement. In about 75 minutes, they wrote “Peace on Earth,” an original tune, and worked out an arrangement that weaved together the two songs. Bowie and Crosby nailed the performance with less than an hour of rehearsal.
Odd Christmas photo of the day A Tasmanian devil warms himself in a Santa hat due to the unseasonably cold temperatures at the Australian Reptile Park near Sydney, Dec. 22, 2011. (Photo: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Second best marsupial ever. The first, obviously, being the Tasmanian tiger.
If you have children and celebrate Christmas, then I fully expect you to have this guy greeting them tonight. A New York Times article from 2000 describes the Krampus as:
"a ghoulish, goat-like figure that springs into action on Dec. 5. It is the task of the Krampus to tear about the countryside, threatening passersby with chains and sticks — all as a reminder to behave."