Culture 101: Naughty or Nice

December 20, 2008 § 6 Comments

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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. 

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§ 6 Responses to Culture 101: Naughty or Nice

  • DarcKnyt says:

    Still, I think Santa could benefit from some of the Pere Noel/Father Christmas techniques. Sometimes a good switch really is the best present a parent can receive. And as for the belly? Well, if he wants to continue for the next 150 years, he’d best seriously consider seeing Jenny Craig in his down time, know what I’m sayin’?

    😉

  • steve says:

    Cant say I like the idea..sounds like this Noel guy may have done some time if you know what I am saying…Santa is a great concept…Happy..Jolly…Giving.. he rewards little children for learning the lessons in life…the sleigh concept ..the reindeer that fly… That last guy that tried handing out candy to children got locked up…Zman sends

  • Mark says:

    Pere Noel is the French version, not European. 😉 And don’t forget the awesome coal!

    -Mark

  • As I’ve heard somebody say: “Parents spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts for their kids and Santa gets all the credit!”

  • psychscribe says:

    Well…Pere Noel is certainly in better shape than our American Santa, but no sleigh? No elves? No toys? Oh! I would have missed so much in childhood…Even now, I’m waiting for him because I happen to know he’s bringing me a really cool camera…Merry Christmas! 😉

  • biellen says:

    I think the Cajun Papa Noel makes most of the others look a bit anemic.

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