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Old 12-24-2007, 05:07 PM   #1
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Man, children in the Netherlands have it really tough if they're naughty:

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Often portrayed as a mischievous or even mean character, parents used to tell their children that if they have been good, Zwarte Piet will bring them gifts and sweets; but if they have been bad, Piet will scoop them up, stuff them in his huge dufflebag and spirit them away to Spain (a logical place of origin for the black assistant from the time of submission of 'heathen' Moors during the Reconquista). Though this is considered increasingly outdated nowadays, he can still carry some type of whip or scourge, especially a birch, which could be used for birching or in modern words, to chastise children who have been too naughty to deserve presents. The character is believed to have been derived from pagan traditions of evil spirits. Also being told or shared for decades is that the Zwarte Pieten are black because of chimney soot and or mockery of the darker Spanish occupiers.
Here's a pic of "Sinterklaas" with "Black Pete" as he's often called:

So how many of us are getting whisked off to Spain this year?
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:57 AM   #2
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So as I am walking out the door this morning I think to my self:
"self, going to work on Monday is like knowing you're going to get kicked in the nuts. You just don't know when or by who"

 
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So as I am walking out the door this morning I think to my self:
"self, going to work on Monday is like knowing you're going to get kicked in the nuts. You just don't know when or by who"

 
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:19 AM   #4
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the Zwarte Pieten are black because of chimney soot
Odd how they need to explain black skin but don't bother to explain the pristine clothing.

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Old 12-25-2007, 03:06 PM   #5
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Old 12-25-2007, 03:36 PM   #6
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In Germany he is called Knecht Ruprecht and he will give naughty kids a spanking with a bushel of willow branches. My wife calls him German Santa's evil side kick. But he is not black.

 
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Old 12-25-2007, 03:58 PM   #7
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David Sedaris does a bit on this called 6-8 Black men.

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