Friday, December 21, 2007

Sinterklaas und Zwarte Piet

While putting things in order at my parents, I found a Christmas knick-knack that freaked me out.

It was a small santa with a little... black... helper...?

"MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMM!? (because at 31, when I'm at home, I'm still 13)
What's... this...?"

"Oh, that's your Dutch heritage. It's Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet. Go put it on the piano... there's a plate with them on it somewhere,too..."

In some of my reading about this tradition, I've found it said that this little guy is essentially the more cuddly version of Krampus... which lends itself to a whole mess of questions and implications.

But since I keep coming up with questionable and eccentric holiday traditions, I thought it fit the bill.

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