I forgot to share that the Disney castle was fashioned after King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, Germany. I thought that was interesting.
Of course while we were in Fussen we went shopping at the Christmas Marts in the evening and drank a little more mulled wine (Gluhwein)!
On the other hand.......if you were naughty you were in danger of being hunted down by the Krampas.
The Krampas is a horned creature who looks for naughty children during Christmas time and punishes them if they've misbehaved. They are in contrast to St. Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved children with gifts.
I think it's Germany's version of "Elf on a shelf!" But probably a little more effective!
Krampas come out at night and carry birch branches and occasionally swat the children with them. I witnessed this when a young teen was taunting one of the Krampas which resulted in a swat to his leg. The teen grabbed his leg and was dancing around in pain. Can you imagine that happening in the US???
I must say that they were very large and intimidating. If you notice the one on the right has two bells hanging on his back that sound like cowbells, and they sound creepy as they are walking down the narrow side streets looking for bad kids. The bells echo off the buildings and they slowly get faster and faster and louder and louder as they get closer and closer! Kids were screaming and running away, the caused quite a stir! The kids are told that if they don't behave the Krampas will catch them and punish them.
These were the trains we were traveling on to get from place to place, and go as fast as 190 mph.