A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas

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A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas
Cheer or fear, Belsnickel is here, and I judge your year as... lacking in festive Christmas celebration. Why not try Pennsylvania Dutch Chri…
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A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas
Did you know the image of Santa was created by the cola company, Coca-Cola? They practically own it. I'm surprised his sleigh isn't pulled b…
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Belsnickel is a companion to Santa. He strikes fear into the hearts of children. Kids love it. They wet their pants in anticipation. And aga…
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Belsnickel carries switches with him. He judges children on whether they've been impish or admirable. If they've been impish, they receive a…
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The admirable get gifts placed in their bowls. Why bowls? It makes as much sense as a stocking hung by a chimney. Italian kids use shoes. At…
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Belsnickel doesn't use elfin slave labor. Yet another reason why he's superior to Santa. You support fair trade coffee but you want holiday …
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Then there's the food. Delicious hog maw is easy to make and you can find the recipe in any 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook that's …
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If you really want to feel festive, you can enjoy a cup of Gluhwein or glow wine. It'll make any holiday celebration glow-rious. Just tell m…
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But what about entertainment? There's always the ceremonial splitting of the pig rib. The louder the snap of the bone, the more bountiful ne…
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And at the end of the day, what better way to settle down the kiddies from their nut and berry rush than a festive poem by candlelight?
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So why not try something a little different this year? May Belsnickel judge you as admirable. Merry Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas!