Backstory — Santa Claus, Part 2: A Snowball Rolls Through Europe
Continuing where we left off in part 1, we explore more of the legend of St. Nicholas. This time, we look at how several cultures left their own imprint on the legend as it spread across Europe.
Many Americans are surprised to learn that in Europe, St. Nicholas is said to have one or more assistants who punish naughty children.
St. Nicholas legends from from Europe
- Germany: Knecht Ruprecht, a farm hand who sometimes carried a long staff and a bag of ashes, and wore little bells on his clothes
- Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia: Krampus, a horned figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”
- Germany: Belsnickel, a man wearing fur covering his entire body. He sometimes wears a mask with a long tongue.
- Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg: Black Peter, a moor from Spain
Music from this episode
- Christmas Time is Here — Bruce Levenstein, via SoundCloud
- March — Kai Engel, via Free Music Archive
- The Time to Run (Finale) — Dexter Britain, via Free Music Archive
- Shooting Star — Dexter Britain, via Free Music Archive
- The Zeppelin — Blue Dot Sessions, via Free Music Archive
- Golden Hour — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
- Blue — Podington Bear, via Free Music Archive
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