Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Advent Fact



There are many variations on the Father Christmas figure that appear around the world, here are just a few:

In France there is Pere Noel who, along with Pere Fouchette (a sort of Anti-Santa), visits all the homes leaving presents for the children who have been good, and switches (a flexible wooden rod used in corporal punishment) for the parents of the children who have been bad.

In China there is Dun Che Lao Ren, or Old Man Christmas, who brings presents to all the people in celebration of Sheng Dan Jieh (roughly translated - Holy Birth).

In Italy Le Befana a friendly witch who visits children's homes on January 5th, climbing down the chimney holding either a bell or a cane. For the waiting children the bell indicates that they have been good and will receive presents, the cane, however, means the child has been bad and will receive only a lump of coal.

In Russia Ded Moraz (Grandfather Frost or Father Frost) delivers presents to the children on New Year's Eve. In appearance Ded Moraz looks strikingly similar to Father Christmas but does not live at the North Pole, instead he resides at Veliky Ustyug a town in the northeast of Vologda, Russia, where the Sukhona and Yug Rivers meet.






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