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2012-12-20 01:11:14 PM  
Came for Zwate Piet.  Not at all surprised he would be included on a list from Fox News.
 
Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-20 01:27:09 PM  
"Lying to children about the existance of a morbidly obese man who traverses the entire planet in a single night, while driving a reigndeer-powered sled full of toys" didn't make the list?
 
2012-12-20 01:39:55 PM  
Clicked for the scatological proclivities of Catalonia.

Leaving partly satisfied; they mentioned the caga tio but not the caganer.
 
2012-12-20 06:38:38 PM  
"Spain, where it is said that Santa and Peter spend their off-season."
 
I'm taking it Mrs. Claus is okay with this arrangement.
 
2012-12-20 06:39:43 PM  
David Sedaris. "6 to 8 black men". If you don't know it, go look it up.
 
2012-12-20 06:40:06 PM  
There's also an odd tradition in Sweden where everyone watches a Disney TV show from the late 1950s.
 
2012-12-20 06:42:57 PM  
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What a traditional Japanese Christmas Tree may look like.
 
2012-12-20 06:44:32 PM  

cochlear: David Sedaris. "6 to 8 black men". If you don't know it, go look it up.


Yes, I love that.
 
The words were redefined when I learned that Saint Nicolas travels with what was consistently described as six to eight black men. I asked several Dutch people to narrow it down, but none of them could give me an exact number. It was always six to eight, which seems strange, seeing as they've had hundreds of years to get an accurate head count.
The six to eight black men were characterized as personal slaves until the mid 1950s, when the political climate changed and it was decided that instead of being slaves they were just good friends. I think that history has proved that something usually comes between slavery and friendship, a period of time marked not by cookies and quiet hours beside the fire but by bloodshed and mutual hostility. They have such violence in the Netherlands, but rather than duking it out amongst themselves, Santa and his former slaves decided to take it out on the public. In the early years if a child was naughty, Saint Nicholas and the six to eight black men would beat him with what Oscar described as the small branch of a tree.
"A switch?"
"Yes," he said, "That's it. Theyd kick him and beat him with a switch. Then if the youngster was really bad, they'd put him in a sack and take him back to Spain."
"Saint Nicholas would ?"
"Well, not anymore," Oscar said. "Now he just pretends to kick you."
He considered this to be progressive, but in a way I think it's almost more perverse that the original punishment. "I'm going to hurt you but not really." How many times have we fallen for that line? The fake slap invariably makes contact, adding the elements of shock and betrayal to what had previously been plain old-fashioned fear. What kind of a Santa spends his time pretending to kick people before stuffing them into a canvas sack? Then, of course, you've got the six to eight former slaves who could potentially go off at any moment. This, I think, is the greatest difference between us and the Dutch. While a certain segment of our population might be perfectly happy with the arrangement, if you told the average white American that six to eight nameless black men would be sneaking into his house in the middle of the night, he would barricade the doors and arm himself with whatever he could get his hands on. 
http://tippinthescales.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/zwartepiet.gif?w=6 4 0" alt="">He considered this to be progressive, but in a way I think it's almost more perverse that the original punishment. "I'm going to hurt you but not really." How many times have we fallen for that
 
2012-12-20 06:48:37 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Came for Zwate Piet.  Not at all surprised he would be included on a list from Fox News.

Leaving satisfied.


Would you have excluded it?
 
2012-12-20 06:54:49 PM  
I've been spreading the word of Krampusnacht for years. Hasn't caught on, unfortunately.
 
2012-12-20 07:02:03 PM  

Huggermugger: There's also an odd tradition in Sweden where everyone watches a Disney TV show from the late 1950s.


Ah, Kalle Anka. I've been submitting stories about that on Christmas Eve for the past few years, and they always get redlit. I like how some random Christmas eve broadcast some 50 years ago, probably programmed by some network engineer who just wanted to roll the tape and go spend an hour pigging out in the break room, just struck a chord with people and managed to become a huge annual tradition.
 
2012-12-20 07:02:12 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: I've been spreading the word of Krampusnacht for years. Hasn't caught on, unfortunately.


For those who missed this gem: A Krampus Carol by Anthony Bourdain
 
2012-12-20 07:03:52 PM  
I always spray pine air freshener on the kitty litter box and it smells like the cat shiat a Christmas tree.
 
2012-12-20 07:06:21 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Came for Zwate Piet.  Not at all surprised he would be included on a list from Fox News.

Leaving satisfied.


FTA
The Austrians aren't the only ones that see Christmas as a time to celebrate the dark side. In the Netherlands, the Dutch add a little fear to their holiday celebrations with Zwarte Piet. In a rather racist custom that has persisted to this day, Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, is Santa's slave who abducts Dutch children that misbehave, taking them back to Spain, where it is said that Santa and Peter spend their off-season. In a scene many Americans would find shocking, the Dutch dress up as Black Peter, donning black face and Afro wigs, in order to accompany Santa. In response to protests against the racist symbol in recent years, Peter's backstory has changed, with some saying his blackface is merely the result of chimney soot.


Yeah, that is real normal and not racist at all. Oh, right. I forgot some people have a boogeyman and anything Fox News says is automatically incorrect and derpy. FAUX NEWS!
 
2012-12-20 07:08:45 PM  
This is  Fox News,
 
2012-12-20 07:14:42 PM  
We do Catalonia at my house on Super Bowl.

My daughter loves watching football with me on sundays, and during the bye-week, she's bugs me about no football. 2 years ago I decided to do Catalonia during the byweek (she was 3yo), and it stuck.

Now, on the Sunday Bye week, we go down to the canyon behind our house to find the Superbow Poop log (which I have decorated and hid). We bring him home, put him in a cardboard box that she gets to decorate, and she feeds him treats for a week. Bonus for me, I get to eat the treats after she goes to bed.

During SuperBowl weekend we close the box, to give him privacy to poop.

During the half time show (which is always horrible), she's entertained by opening up the box full of little goodies.

Good times!!!

(and the song about Catalonia is fantastic, about the kids telling the log to not bring them pickeled herring, or the log will get hit with a stick. We leave that part out)
 
2012-12-20 07:18:14 PM  
Missing from their nativity display: upload.wikimedia.org(links to wikipedia)
 
2012-12-20 07:18:23 PM  
Chopping down a tree a dragging into the house and decorating it with trinkets make the list?
 
2012-12-20 07:20:41 PM  

machoprogrammer: DjangoStonereaver: Came for Zwate Piet.  Not at all surprised he would be included on a list from Fox News.

Leaving satisfied.

FTA
The Austrians aren't the only ones that see Christmas as a time to celebrate the dark side. In the Netherlands, the Dutch add a little fear to their holiday celebrations with Zwarte Piet. In a rather racist custom that has persisted to this day, Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, is Santa's slave who abducts Dutch children that misbehave, taking them back to Spain, where it is said that Santa and Peter spend their off-season. In a scene many Americans would find shocking, the Dutch dress up as Black Peter, donning black face and Afro wigs, in order to accompany Santa. In response to protests against the racist symbol in recent years, Peter's backstory has changed, with some saying his blackface is merely the result of chimney soot.


Yeah, that is real normal and not racist at all. Oh, right. I forgot some people have a boogeyman and anything Fox News says is automatically incorrect and derpy. FAUX NEWS!


Blackface doesn't have quite the same connotations outside the US. It's no more racist in many cultures than dressing as cowboys and Indians. And you can buy an "Indian" outfit in any Walmart.
 
2012-12-20 07:24:44 PM  

stuhayes2010: Chopping down a tree a dragging into the house and decorating it with trinkets make the list?


this-christmas-tree-isnt-brutal
 
2012-12-20 07:25:26 PM  
(and the song about Catalonia is fantastic, about the kids telling the log to not bring them pickeled herring, or the log will get hit with a stick. We leave that part out)

Oh come on. It's simply not Christmas without pickled herring.
 
2012-12-20 07:27:26 PM  
Drinking white wine in the sun with my dad and my mum, hot as bloody hell, waiting for six white boomers
 
2012-12-20 07:34:48 PM  
I hope I'm just a SMIDGE Catalonian. Must go research the possibilities.
 
2012-12-20 07:42:26 PM  
Let me get this straight....

There's a Dutch "Black Peter" that steals rotten kids.....and The Japanese go ballstothewall for Fried Chicken

I feel that there are other stereotypes and nationalities that have yet to be included in this article.

(SO many possibilities, SO little time)
 
2012-12-20 07:47:13 PM  

Bungles: Blackface doesn't have quite the same connotations outside the US. It's no more racist in many cultures than dressing as cowboys and Indians. And you can buy an "Indian" outfit in any Walmart.


I would say dressing as "Indian" is pretty racist...
 
2012-12-20 07:51:48 PM  

machoprogrammer: Bungles: Blackface doesn't have quite the same connotations outside the US. It's no more racist in many cultures than dressing as cowboys and Indians. And you can buy an "Indian" outfit in any Walmart.

I would say dressing as "Indian" is pretty racist...



Yet "Indian" outfits, labelled as "Indian" outfits, are in every fancy dress shop in the Western world. Most people outside the US wouldn't even realise there was something even slightly questionable in that.

My point was that Fox's "OMG BLACKFACE!" is incredibly culturally myopic, as if people in Norway give a rat's ass or even are vaguely aware of American cultural taboos, any more the someone in the US is are of Norwegian cultural taboos.
 
2012-12-20 08:07:32 PM  

Bungles: as if people in Norway give a rat's ass or even are vaguely aware of American cultural taboos, any more the someone in the US is are of Norwegian cultural taboos


This.  You would not believe how they reacted when I urinated in the lutefisk.
 
/probably made it better
 
2012-12-20 08:19:41 PM  
Is 'congregating in a dimly lit chapel at midnight to chant quietly and eat the body and drink the blood of the guy whose birthday it is' on there?
 
2012-12-20 08:22:44 PM  
Yes, people are different in other countries and we should bomb them. We knew that already, Fox News.
 
2012-12-20 08:25:50 PM  
 
2012-12-20 08:35:49 PM  

machoprogrammer: DjangoStonereaver: Came for Zwate Piet.  Not at all surprised he would be included on a list from Fox News.

Leaving satisfied.

FTA
The Austrians aren't the only ones that see Christmas as a time to celebrate the dark side. In the Netherlands, the Dutch add a little fear to their holiday celebrations with Zwarte Piet. In a rather racist custom that has persisted to this day, Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, is Santa's slave who abducts Dutch children that misbehave, taking them back to Spain, where it is said that Santa and Peter spend their off-season. In a scene many Americans would find shocking, the Dutch dress up as Black Peter, donning black face and Afro wigs, in order to accompany Santa. In response to protests against the racist symbol in recent years, Peter's backstory has changed, with some saying his blackface is merely the result of chimney soot.


Yeah, that is real normal and not racist at all. Oh, right. I forgot some people have a boogeyman and anything Fox News says is automatically incorrect and derpy. FAUX NEWS!


2 Questions:

When did the Netherlands abolish slavery?

What about the elves?
 
2012-12-20 09:04:20 PM  

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What a traditional Japanese Christmas Tree may look like.


Better idea.


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2012-12-20 09:30:28 PM  
Christmas Eve in Madrid. BLAST!

Family does the Sinterklaas, Santa and Bumble, tannenbaum , Lights, Krampus, a little Quanza and Festivus. Bunch of farking pagans.
 
2012-12-20 09:34:05 PM  
One correction: poultry is NOT a rarity in Japan. Every restaurant, unless it's vegetarian, has chicken on the menu. Fried, grilled, baked or boiled.

The best dishes, IMO, are yaki-tori (put it on a stick and grill it over an open flame) and kara-age (cut off a big chunk of meat and fry it in oil).

American-style, deep-fried chicken may have been a rarity until KFC arrived 40 years ago, but it certainly isn't now.

Convenience stores now all sell fried chicken, meaning you can get it, almost literally, on every single street corner in Japan.

But yeah, the association of KFC with Christmas tradition is kinda weird.
 
2012-12-20 09:48:52 PM  

machoprogrammer: FTA
The Austrians aren't the only ones that see Christmas as a time to celebrate the dark side.


What rot. In Austria, xmas is mid-summer. They're all about throwing shrimps on the barbie, and wishing each other a g-day, mate.
 
2012-12-20 09:52:31 PM  

Huggermugger: There's also an odd tradition in Sweden where everyone watches a Disney TV show from the late 1950s.


They missed the German tradition of Dinner for One.

There's an urban myth that The Great Escape is always on at Christmas in the UK. I've never seen it. It must have been true at some time, but not in my lifetime.
 
2012-12-20 10:33:06 PM  

Bungles: My point was that Fox's "OMG BLACKFACE!" is incredibly culturally myopic, as if people in Norway give a rat's ass or even are vaguely aware of American cultural taboos, any more the someone in the US is are of Norwegian cultural taboos.


Norway? The tradition in question is Dutch.
 
2012-12-20 10:43:29 PM  
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They missed the German tradition of Dinner for One.


That's a New Year's Eve thing.
 
2012-12-21 01:46:32 AM  
Good Times !!!
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2012-12-21 07:06:31 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: Bungles: My point was that Fox's "OMG BLACKFACE!" is incredibly culturally myopic, as if people in Norway give a rat's ass or even are vaguely aware of American cultural taboos, any more the someone in the US is are of Norwegian cultural taboos.

Norway? The tradition in question is Dutch.



Black Peter is done across northern Europe. I saw it in Norway, so my brain got hardwired to Norway.
 
2012-12-21 08:18:34 AM  
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2012-12-21 10:25:41 AM  

Huggermugger: There's also an odd tradition in Sweden where everyone watches a Disney TV show from the late 1950s.


I think I have that show on VHS or saw it when I was a kid. Huh
 
2012-12-21 10:32:05 AM  

GrymRpr: Raug the Dwarf: I've been spreading the word of Krampusnacht for years. Hasn't caught on, unfortunately.

For those who missed this gem: A Krampus Carol by Anthony Bourdain


I am totally showing this to my children when they get old enough. That'll put the fear of god into them.
 
2012-12-21 04:37:01 PM  
I heard that in Japan
everyone just lives in sin.
They pray to several gods
and put needles in their skin.
On December 25th,
all they do is eat a cake;
and that is why I go to Japan
and walk around and say...

"Hey there, Mr. Shintoist,
Merry farking Christmas!
God is going to kick your ass,
you infidelic pagan scum.

In case you haven't noticed,
there're festive things to do,
so lets all rejoice for Jesus
and Merry farking Christmas to you!"
 
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