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Three days before Christmas, the prosperous but dysfunctional Engel family gather for the holidays. Max Engel remains a firm believer in Santa Claus and intends to send him a letter. His family includes his teenage sister Beth, their parents Tom and Sarah, and Tom's mother, whom the family calls Omi, who speaks mostly German. Sarah's side of the family visiting for Christmas include Aunt Linda and Uncle Howard, Sarah and Linda's cantankerous Aunt Dorothy, and Linda and Howard's children Howie Jr., Stevie, Jordan, and baby Chrissie as well as their bulldog Rosie.
Max wants to continue family traditions, but tensions among his relatives saps their Christmas spirit. When his cousins read out his letter to Santa and mock him for still believing, he fights with them and yells out that he hates his family and even Christmas. His father comforts him by telling him that even though there is chaos during the holidays, he should always love his family and he gives him his letter to Santa. In a fit of anger, Max tears up the letter and throws it to the wind outside and it's swept up into the sky.
Later that night, a severe blizzard engulfs the town, causing a power outage. When Beth ventures out to check on her boyfriend, a large, horned creature chases her. She hides beneath a delivery truck, but the creature leaves a jack-in-the-box which attacks and captures her.
Tom and Howard leave to search for Beth. They find her boyfriend's house in ruins with the chimney split open and large goat-like hoof prints in the house. Outside, the two are attacked by an unseen monster under the snow. They return home and board up the windows. Later, a large hook with a living gingerbread man attached lures Howie Jr. to the chimney and he is dragged up the chimney despite the family's efforts to save him. Meanwhile, a fire log is inadvertently kicked aside during their struggle to save Howie, setting the tree and presents ablaze.
Omi explains that the creature hunting them is Krampus, an ancient demonic spirit who punishes those who have lost the Christmas spirit. Omi recounts that when she was a child, her parents and community lost their spirit due to the hardships of the war in Europe, as did she, which summoned Krampus. He dragged everyone except her to Hell, leaving behind a bell bauble with his name on it. The family remains skeptical until monstrous toys, hidden in presents delivered earlier, invade the house. While upstairs Stevie and Jordan are lured to the attic by Beth's voice; meanwhile downstairs the adults hear them screaming. Tom, Sarah, and Linda go up to investigate, only to find Jordan being swallowed whole by Der Klown, the jack-in-the-box from before. The family fends off the toys and the gingerbread men, but Krampus' elves leap in through a window, taking Dorothy and Chrissie. Howard, desperate to get Howie back, jumps on Der Klown's back and then disappears after.
Tom decides that the family should flee to an abandoned snowplow on the streets outside. Omi stays behind to distract Krampus, who emerges from the fireplace and attacks her with his bag of toys. Outside, Tom, Sarah, and Linda are dragged under the snow while Stevie is captured by the elves. Krampus confronts Max and gives him a bell bauble wrapped in a piece of his discarded letter. Realizing that tearing up the letter was what summoned Krampus there in the first place, Max chases after the demon, catching up after Stevie was tossed into a hole leading into Hell by the elves. Max honestly apologizes for losing his spirit, and although Krampus seems to accept his apology, he still tosses Max into the pit.
Max awakens in his house on Christmas morning. Discovering his family alive and well downstairs, he thinks that what happened was just a nightmare. However, he unwraps a present to reveal Krampus' bauble leaving the family with an ominous look on their faces as their memories of the horrific events slowly come back to them.
The camera pans out, revealing that the family is being watched through a snow globe by Krampus, along with hundreds of others in his collection.
my rating :3☆\5☆