Today is St. Nicholas Day, a holiday not celebrated in America. I remember this only because I took German in high school and our teacher loved to tell us that on the 6th of December, St. Nick would visit the children of Germany and fill their shoes with fruit and treats. Pretty boring. But, St. Nick had a buddy named Ruprecht who would follow Nick around and beat the bad kids with a staff or bag of rocks.
I can’t tell you how to find the area of a curve, I don’t recall the atomic weight of Calcium, and I’m not sure if the Spanish American War was a real thing, but I always remembered that in Germany, on December 6th, a mythic friend of St. Nicholas will beat your ass if you’re bad. Thanks, high school!
Doing some mild Wikipedia research on St. Nicholas Day was interesting. My favorite sentence:
“Even up to the present day, a flask of manna is extracted from the tomb of Saint Nicholas every year on 6 December by the clergy of the basilica.”
I want some Santa Juice, too! That doesn’t sound right, but it’s too late to go back and delete it.
As much as I enjoy the American, corporate Santa who drinks Coke products and charges you for his photograph, the look of the European “Father Christmas” is fascinating. He’s less fat and more sinister, the type of guy who would certainly be roommates with a living nightmare named Ruprecht.
They should make a movie about Ruprecht. And I should write it! AND I WILL, TOO! First scene:
Ruprecht is carrying his bag of rocks. He spots some children saying the F-word. He beats the children with his bag of rocks. Title Card comes crashing through the screen: “Sack of Pain: Christmas Justice!!!” The exclamation points show the audience that this movie is for real, and in your face.
I think Russell Crowe should star in it and Andy Richter can be the voice of Tootles, the talking bat. (I’m adding the talking bat to give the movie some much-needed comic relief.)
Where was I? Oh yeah, the Advent Calendar. You probably guessed that today’s prize would be a mini-figure, but this particular figure came with a special accessory. What did St. Nicholas give me today?
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