I made my decision based on this...
In recent years, Schmutzli's scary reputation has taken a more positive turn. In some parts of Switzerland, he is viewed simply as Samichlaus' companion and helper. But in the smaller, more conservative regions, the original Schmutzli still exists.
Personally, I prefer the good ole American "naughty or nice" tactic. I can't imagine frightening my little one with the thought of being kidnapped.
Eventually, we concluded that we will combine both Christmas traditions. Problem is, my husband wants to include old school Schmutzli, while I want to exclude his @$$. We'll see who will win this one...
Baby Countdown : 74 days