To many including me, it means that some of my favorite food of the year will be served. I will avoid the crowds to the extent humanly possible and will buy wares on-line and have them shipped.
|Saint Nicholas and his assistant, Black Pete
Different countries, different customs.
For children in Europe, there is the fear of Black Pete, appearing as if by magic, to kick the crap out of them if they’re bad. In the USA, there is no negro to accompany Santa Clause/Kris Kringle on his journey.
Is that fair? Some opine that it’s racist to discourage a person of color from helping the Jolly Old Elf on his rounds.
Black Pete, adds insult to injury by stealing back the presents that Santa delivered if children don’t measure up. In Detroit, Baltimore, the St. Louis suburbs, Watts, the Dallas slums, Harlem, and Chicago’s South-Side, Santa himself is often waylaid while ringing a bell, collecting offerings for the poor – usually by Black Pete.