?Naughty Or Nice ? ? A Lesson In Letting Go
A lipstick kiss on the mirror. A scrap of paper tucked in the other person's bag. A scribble on the edge of the grocery list. Your notes can be naughty or nice, but it's sweet to find a note that says "I love you" where you least expect it.
“Naughty or Nice ” – A Lesson in Letting Go
He's a busy man this time of year, making lists and checking them twice. The question is, have you been naughty or nice? Either way, Christmas isn't Christmas until you've had a visit with Santa.
Prevalent in Austria is Krampus, a strange and frightening creature, really an anti-St. Nicholas, who comes to warn and punish naughty children (and adults). Frequently seen with St. Nicholas. this devil figure, often in chains, is dressed in fur with a scary devil mask with horns and a long red tongue. Krampus carries a wooden stick or switches to threaten children who misbehave or do not know their lessons. Many towns and cities have Krampus parades with many young men in elaborate fur costumes and devil masks. After the parade the Krampus figures scatter and beat anyone who gets in their way. It is very frightening and even dangerous.
In some towns St. Nicholas processes from the church before giving little presents to all the children. Saint Nicholas, and Krampus, may also visit in homes to ask children if they have been naughty or nice and perhaps to recite their prayers. Or the Children may simply find treats in their shoes in the morning.
Now that the last gifts have been opened, I'd like to thank you for sending me all the lovely gifts. Remember when, a few days before Christmas, I sent you a card asking if I was on your "naughty" list? Boy, I was worried there for a minute since Rosie, the Elf on the Shelf, had been keeping a close eye on me weeks before Christmas! I knew I had to send you a Christmas card and make my case as to why I deserved to be on your "nice" list this year. 350c69d7ab