Comments on: Belsnickel or There’s Candy in My Shoes From America's Oldest Wholesale Candy Company Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:13:57 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kathleen Valentine Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:59:52 +0000 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!