Saint Nicholas’ Eve

It’s almost time for Saint Nicholas’ Eve here in the Netherlands. Nowadays, it’s all about kids getting presents. Those were part of the celebration in earlier times as well but the celebration used to have a darker aspect. The saint was kind to well behaved children but children who had been naughty were put into a bag and taken back to Spain, or so the stories went. What happened to them there…?

Image of the birch
The birch

As a child, I was fascinated much more by the birch rod that Piet, Saint Nicholas’ helper, carried. Naughty children would find that in their shoe instead of presents and they got spanked with it. I don’t condone that practice when actual children are concerned. I hope though that this Saint Nicholas’ Eve a number of adult “naughty girls” get the birch and their just desserts! Happy Saint Nicholas’ Eve!

Have you ever been spanked by the birch? Please tell us about it in the comments below!

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