Culture 101: Naughty or Nice
December 20, 2008 § 6 Comments
Every year during Christmas time, children from the United States eagerly anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus–a chubby old man who brings with him expensive toys to be placed under the Christmas tree of each home. European children have their own version of Santa Claus called Pere Noel.
Pere Noel is a slimmer and more serious-looking old man. He does not have a brand-name flying sleigh to ride on or some little elves to help fix his belly. He does not have expensive toys to give, only some candy to spare. Unlike Santa Claus who refuses to give naughty kids anything for Christmas, Pere Noel leaves a small wooden stick at the door of each of the naughty kids’ home–so their parents can give them a good spanking.