Belsnickel: A slightly terrifying Pennsylvania Dutch tradition

 

In the Belsnickel’s world, Christmas shouldn’t be so enjoyable for the naughty kids. He comes at night, dressed in dirty furs, face blackened with charcoal. He has one purpose: To get the children to behave until Christmas. Santa might quietly sneak down the chimney, but that’s not Der Belsnickel’s style. Belsnickel raps on windows; he loudly jingles bells; he hurls accusations of misdeeds at children…

Source: Belsnickel: A slightly terrifying Pa. Dutch tradition 

Related Posts
→ “Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour Pennsylvania at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Start with a video, then take a guided tour through the village, decked out Pennsylvania ...
* I'm still in the process of formatting the Deitsch version. Scroll down for English version. Die Nacht for de Chrischdaag 'S waar die Nacht for de Chrischdaag und dorch es gans Haus ...
→ Belsnickle Santa of yesteryear was not so jolly - The Herald-Dispatch More details here on the legendary Belsnickel. I do take issue with the following... Needless to say the first Belsnickle ...
→ Friends of Hopewell Furnace celebrate “Bill of Rights Day" - Berks Mont News The Friends of Hopewell Furnace invite the public to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of ...
→ Pennsbury Manor prepping for festive Holly Nights celebration - Bucks County Courier Times Experience the enchantment of Pennsbury Manor by candlelight. Enjoy crackling bonfires, carolers, candlelit tours of the Manor ...
→ Christmas Candylane opens Friday for holiday season - LancasterOnline
→ ‘Yes Helen, there is a Belsnickel’.
I came across this Belsnickel story on the Appalachian Lifestyles blog by Matthew Burns. He was gracious enough to grant me permission to repost it here. Enjoy. Christmastime in the Land ...
The history of Santa Claus with reference to Belsnickel and Kris Kringle
→ This and That — The history of Santa Claus - Delphos Herald Belsnickel came from Pelz Nichol, stemming from St. Nicholas and the December 6th gift giving holiday. Kris Kringle ...
Santa Claus, the pleasant bearded elf dressed in red (in case you thought I was referring to some other Santa Claus), was not predestined to be a worldwide Christmas icon ...
→ Pennsylvania Folkways: The Belsnickel brings light and darkness - Reading Eagle After having read many articles about Belsnickel, I find that one the most interesting aspects about the tradition is ...
Yes! Kick Santa to the curb and turn Belsknickel loose upon the land. For more 'Ask A PA Dutchman' episodes and Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch language videos check out Doulgas Madenford's YouTube channel.
Der Belsnickel by Henry Harbaugh
Der Belsnickel Oh, do you know that ugly, that nasty man? Wow! Can you call that fellow a human being? Yes, that he is a human, may be believed by whomever wants to, He ...
→ Old-fashioned Christmas in Lehigh County offers look at Pennsylvania German life in 1842 - lehighvalleylive.com Saturday, December 6: 1:00 pm– 6:00 pm, last tour 5:15: A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Travel back ...
The sound is not that great but this clip is very informative and well worth watching if you want to learn more about the Pennsylvania Dutch tradtion of Der Belsnickel.
Birdsboro’s Daniel Boone Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas
→ Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas - Pottstown Post Watch out kids because Belsnickel's going to show up! danielboonehomestead.org 12/7: A Homestead Christmas 12-4pm Admission Adult (13+) $6.00, Child (5-12) $4.00. FDBH members free, ...
In my mind's eye, the fanciful events depicted in Der Belsnickel Suite portray two special days on a family farm in a rustic and sturdy home built from field stone. ...
→ City of Reading embraces ugly Christmas tree - The Morning Call Perhaps Reading should adopt the phenomena of the "Worlds Ugliest Christmas Tree" as a yearly ritual. Pretty, well decorated trees can ...
Is He Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle or Pelznickel?
→ Is He Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle or Pelznickel? Santa Klaus is exhausted. Perhaps it's time for him to share the burden and ask for some help. Christmas isn't ...
→ Talking Christmas traditions with Don Yoder - Philly.com
Landis Valley Museum “Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour
VIDEO| Origin of the “Belsnickel” In Under A Minute
Twas The Night Before Christmas – Translated into Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch by Thomas C. Zimmerman
Belsnickle Santa of yesteryear was not so jolly
Friends of Hopewell Furnace celebrate “Bill of Rights Day”
Pennsbury Manor prepping for festive Holly Nights celebration
Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane opens Friday for holiday season
‘Yes Helen, there is a Belsnickel’
Christmastime in the Land of the Belsnickel by Matthew Burns
The history of Santa Claus with reference to Belsnickel and Kris Kringle
Meet Belsnickel, the Counter Claus
Pennsylvania Folkways: The Belsnickel brings light and darkness
VIDEO | Ask A PA Dutchman: The Belsnickel
Der Belsnickel by Henry Harbaugh
Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum old-fashioned Christmas offers look at Pennsylvania German life in 1842
VIDEO | A living history presentation on the PA Dutch tradition of the Der Belsnickel
Birdsboro’s Daniel Boone Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas
Der Belsnickel Suite, a symphonic work by Dave Kline performed by the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra
VIDEO: What is a Belsnickel?
City of Reading embraces ugly Christmas tree
Is He Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle or Pelznickel?
Talking Christmas traditions with Don Yoder

Comments are closed.