Sun Dec 25, 2011
The A-Z of Christmas ~ Z
On the evening of December 5th, a folklore and legend of Netherlands repeats. Sinterklass resembles the holiday figure of Santa Claus and Zwarte Piet is his helper who became black from the soot of the chimneys he went up and down.
The characters of Zwarte Pieten appears only in the weeks before Saint Nicholas’s feast, first when the saint is welcomed with a parade as he arrives in the country usually by boat. The Zwarte Pieten job were mainly to amuse children, and to scatter strooigoedies (special sinterklaas candies) to those children who were being good.
This is the way Wikipedia would want you to understand it in the world of today. However I have a further belief of Zwarte Piet and just today I have made a discovery that I never knew. Perhaps Zwarte Piet was a helper of Sinterklass, but he was also a figure that was used to threaten children into behaving. I can remember being told by mom if I didn’t behave then black piet would come and get me. She also bought me a doll one year for Christmas that was black and looked to me like it had been just the opposite of a Raggedy Anne doll. I never was allowed to take it out of the house and it disappeared as fast as it appeared. I never knew what it was and didn’t bother to find out. While searching for Zwarte Piet this morning I came across many articles on the golliwog. The golliwog is this rag doll I got one year and disappeared. I was always told that I would be sold to the Gypsies or the golliwogs would come for me. I found out this morning that golliwogs were bad thieves. If you read the story of the golliwogs, it was a character that was made for a children’s book. I am able to put another horrible childhood memory to rest and not to late as it is Christmas morning and a great day awaits me.
This has been my Z of Christmas. It also concludes my A – Z of Christmas. It is Christmas morning, the sun is starting to come up and I see that Santa has been in the night and filled our stockings that we laid under the tree. Remember to put baby Jesus in the manger this morning, love one another, give thanks and praise for this is the day.
Merry Chirstmas Happy Birthday Jesus
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