→ 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 scared the daylights out of the children of the time, so it is little wonder our rosy-cheeked sweet Santa survived and he didn’t.
Oh, but he did survive. He may have been forced underground by the Madison Avenue campaign to promote a fear-free, commercially oriented Christmas. But the times have changed and Belsnickel is back from the hinterlands, scratching at your window with his switch, and looking for your children.
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.
* 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 ...
→ ‘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 ...
→ 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 ...
→ Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas - Pottstown Post
Watch out kids because Belsnickel's going to show up!
12/7: A Homestead Christmas 12-4pm
Admission Adult (13+) $6.00, Child (5-12) $4.00. FDBH members free, ...
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 ...
→ 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 ...
→ 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 ...
→ Christmas Candylane opens Friday for holiday season - LancasterOnline
→ Talking Christmas traditions with Don Yoder - Philly.com
→ 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 ...
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. ...
→ 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 ...
→ “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 ...
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.
→ 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 ...
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 ...
→ 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 ...
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,
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