Woodworking-Related Content (internet) #3: Flemish Origins of Santa Clause--Who Apparently Was a Woodworker

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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 12-26-2010 09:25 AM 1472 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of my favourite blogs, the Flemish American recently posted about the Flemish origins of Santa Clause. If you follow this link and scroll down to the 4th picture (i recommend reading this quality blog, though), you can see Santa in his workshop. The workbench looks a bit English, because of the apron, no?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 12:56 PM

Looks like Santa is a galoot too!

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#2 posted 12-26-2010 01:20 PM

i am flemish actually! and in belgium, holland and parts of france we still celebrate Sinterklaas or saint Nicolas on december 6th. who basically became santa claus in the states.
the story here is that saint nicolas who lives in Spain, comes with a steam boat to bring presents to the good kids. he is tall and slim and travels on a white horse holding a big staff. there is usually a “zwarte piet” with him, a black person who goes down the chimney to deliver the presents, or who beats the nasty kids with the staff.

but saint nicolas is a real person who existed, i think the story is that he saved or brought back to life kids that were cut in pieces by a nasty butcher. his tomb is now in turkey where i think he was murdered.

nothing in our story about a woodworker, though he sort of became protector of children, and his day started to be celebrated by giving candy or presents to children. adults get nothing from him unlike with santa.

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 03:42 PM

Timbo- ;)

Greedo, Sinterklaas is much better than Kerstfeest! I really like this Flemish-American blog. I was born in Antwerp, but my American father considers himself a native! Btw-i saw something on the history channel about st nico—it wasn’t that gory, but they did explore his tomb in Turkey…

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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