While in Slovenia, we will be going to a parade for the feast of St. Nicholas, which is practiced in several European countries (not Sweden). I’ve been excited about seeing the St. Nicholas parade because I think it will be so fun to celebrate a holiday we have never seen before. I tried to explain this to my older child a few weeks ago. “So there’s St. Nicholas, who is NOT Santa Claus, but he’s like a bishop…. and then there’s these angels, but there’s also devils to punish the bad kids…..”
My son: “I don’t understand. Christmas? Devils? Are they going to hurt the kids?”
Me: “Well, it’s just a parade.”
My son: “Is it like a Halloween?”
Me: “No, it’s a Christmas thing, but in the old days…”
My son: “I don’t know if I want to go if there are devils.”
Me: “Forget everything I said. We’re going to a parade where they throw out candy.”
My son: “Yeaaaaaa!!!!”
Different culture simplified. The world is allright as long as there is candy.
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