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6th Dec 2013, 12:00 AM

Saint Nicholas' Day

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Silver Fox 6th Dec 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete
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I thought I would be clever, doing something for Saint Nicholas' Day and Black Peter.

Last year at Thanksgiving, when we were out at my Aunt's house, we watched a movie staring James Earl Jones called Santa & Pete.

Because I like to study the Pagan origins and history about Christmas, I've know who Black Peter is, this was the first time my family had ever really clued into who he is and where he comes from.

In the U.S., he's largely unknown. You get over to Europe and to countries like the Netherlands and Italy, they know all about Black Peter. And there are multiple sources of just who he is and it varies by the country with some imperfect adapting Pagan themes and myths to Christian religion.

In places like Germany, this figure is Krampus, and his bestial, devilish nature is really apparent. Some sources will site that Krampus/Black Peter is the devil bound in chains by Santa/Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas.

Due to being dark, black colored, later Christian changes try to adapt this character to portraying him as a Black Moor and servant. And this year there's been a lot of controversies in the Netherlands and people wanting to remove Black Peters from the holiday festivities of the season.

I can see the calls of Racism if it's bringing up the bad blood and history of the Reconquista. But that's more over towards the Iberian Peninsula.

I personally prefer to focus more on the earlier Pagan origins of Yule and Christmas as they were celebrated from several different countries there in Europe.