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  1. Kathleen Valentine
    November 28, 2011

    Thank you for this delightful article. I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch town in north centeral PA and we always had Belsnickel — sometimes we had real Belsnickels who came to our houses, other times he left treats in our shoes. The Belsnickel tradition is actually several centuries older than that of Santa Claus.

    I recently published a small book called “The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt’s Wood” which you might find amusing. Best wishes and Happy Belsnickeling!

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