Precious Moments 11396 Father Belsnickle

The Pennsylvania Dutch who were not Dutch at all but Deutch or German are credited with bringing many of their country s Christmas customs with them to America. This helped to shape the New World Christmas traditions. As early as the 1820 s Father Christmas shows up in Pennsylvania as Belsnickle of the German Pelznickle which means Nicholas in Furs . Belsnickle would travel the Pennsylvania countryside looking for good children to give out his small gifts of cakes nuts and handmade toys. Father Belsnickle has a carved staff a traditional craft of the German Pennsylvanians and is accompanied by a little kitty that just might be tucked into some lucky little child s stocking on Christmas Eve.

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