Of all the Christmas celebrations I have found from around the world, maybe the most interesting and funny custom comes from the Netherlands. In the United States, there are many traditions associated with "Santa Claus" or "Baby Jesus" that have evolved over the years. They all faintly resemble something either from the birth of Jesus or from the life of Saint Nicolas from Turkey.
Every culture celebrates Christmas somewhat differently, and it is educational, as well as very entertaining, to look at how different cultures celebrate the birth of Jesus or the life of Saint Nicolas. The video at the bottom of this blog gives a humorous narrative to the way people living in the Netherlands celebrate and tell the story of Saint Nicolas and the celebration of his feast day.
I hope you enjoy another comical look at this special day celebration among Christians all over the world. Even though the traditions and stories differ, the acknowledgment of the day in honor of one real and historical Christian and Christ, himself, should not go unnoticed or unappreciated! God can use these goofy customs or stories to stir the curiosity of young and old alike to investigate, understand and possible live out the truth these real people taught and professed. May our prayer this holiday season be that we understand these goofy examples and use them to open a door for others to the reality which they represent!
By the way, please stop the video at 1:25 and you will notice Mark Hogan standing in the background watching the parade! Leave it to Hogan to take in the more unusual sights and sounds of Christmas. Just like Waldo, he can be found almost anywhere in a crowd if you just look long enough!
Also, it is a little know fact that "Santa's Helpers" traditionally dress in discarded Bob Cassady "Sunday go to meeting suits" and imitate some of his his famous dance moves. To imitate all his dance moves could cause serious bodily injury as well as permanent psychological development to both dancer and observer. So please be advised that I am not responsible for any injuries, whether temporary or permanent, sustained by the viewers of this video!
Glaedelig Jul, Stay Holy, My Friends!