Episode 875: Depictions of Santa Claus

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  1. Julius says:

    Santa doesn’t speak Swahili in the original Miracle on 34th Street, he speaks Dutch. The girl is a Dutch orphan who’s been adopted by an American woman and it’s implied that her parents were killed by the Nazis.

    On Saint Nicholas Day: I didn’t know this was celebrated anywhere but the Netherlands and Belgium! Here in the Netherlands, St. Nick arrives the third weekend of November. Kids put their shoes out the day of his arrival and get a small present. December 5, St Nicholas Eve, is when he delivers the big presents (traditionally accompanied by poems to be read aloud by the recipient before unwrapping, so if you have a big family the unwrapping ceremony can take hours).

    When the Dutch came to the US we took our St. Nicholas tradition with us, and only then did Santa become associated with Christmas. In the Netherlands, St Nicholas Day and Christmas are still seen as unrelated, and the Dutch tend to think of Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) as an entirely different character than the American style Santa, whom we call Kerstman (Christmas man). So St. Nick leaves the Netherlands December 6 and returns as the Americanized version twenty days later. But most Dutch people still let the original Santa bring most of the gifts.

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    There was already an R-rated action-movie hero Santa prior to Violent Night: Fatman starring Mel Gibson. Not that great, even compared to the previous film from the Nelms brothers (Small Town Crime).

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