11 thoughts on “New Poll: Who comes down the Chimney?

  1. De Kerstman. Or for non-Dutch speaking people, the Christmas man.

    We would call him St. Nick in The Netherlands but he already shows up on the eve of the 6th of December and sends his helpers down the chimney while parading on the roof himself. So the 25th is the domain of the Christmas man.

  2. Sankt Nikolaus. In fact, he also shows up on the 6th of December where I come from, and on Christmas Eve, the “Christkind” brings your presents. It depends on where you live in Germany, because we also have a Father Christmas (Weihnachtsmann). What I find kind of funny is the fact that the “Christkind” is represented as female and not as male as it should be. Go figure.

  3. Well, in my immediate and somewhat awkwardly subdivided neck of the woods, the Catholics call him St. Nicholas, post Facebook memes about his memorable punching of the heretic Arius, and help their children put shoes out for him to fill on the sixth of December. The Protestants call him Santa Claus and mostly tell their children he doesn’t exist. πŸ˜›

    Theologically, I’m with the Catholics, but mythologically, I’m with revgeorge. I like Father Christmas. And my favorite story about him is set in Narnia.

  4. I have to say that all the versions of St. Nicholas are of course, the same guy. But in Belgium, Sinter Klaas arrives by boat from Spain with a number of Moorish helpers. Mostly in Europe he comes on the 6th. The “down- the- chimney” event on Christmas Eve seems to originate with the Clement Moore classic where it definitely says “….I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.” So in spite of all the various names, dates and methods for the same guy, I’m sticking with the book. St. Nick it is.

  5. We honour a lot of Scandinavian traditions for Christmas. Standing in one corner is a straw goat – the yule bogen – which used to bring presents to Danish children on December 5th. Hanging on the tree are little figures in gray and red felt – the nisse or house elves – who do chores around the house all year long, but bring presents to the children at Christmas. We’re supposed to leave them rice pudding to pay for their services on Christmas eve, but we eat the pudding ourselves, which might explain the dust balls. A few years ago we purchased a vaguely Druidical figure with a long white beard carrying a sack of presents, who might have also stood in for Odin, another Scandinavian gift bringer. I’ve told our son the story of Saint Nicholas, the Greek bishop who gave gold to the daughters of a poor man so they could marry. And his grandmother told him stories of Black Peter, who brought coal to bad children at Christmas time.

    But the undisputed king of present bringers is Santa Claus who gets his tribute of milk and cookies on Christmas Eve, and leaves a stocking full of presents for Christmas morning. The perplexing question of how he manages to get inside a house with no fireplace or chimney was resolved long ago by the twin explanations of science – teleportation – or magic.

  6. In the USA it is good old, Coca Cola created, Santa Clause. I prefer to think of him as Father Christmas. I will always remember how much I appreciated him throughout my childhood.

    I am also among those who prefer to keep demons out of Christmas.

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