The Page 56 Meme

This nice and easy meme came by way of Victorian Geek via Ibooknet blog.

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favourite book, the coolest book, or the most intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Here goes: “Until late in the century, he would visit German houses in Baltimore and Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve, carrying a bundle of switches for naughty children and treats for the good ones.”

Who is this strange visitor? He’s ‘Belsnickel’ – a Dutch mythical being similar to Krampus in Austria and Germany – one of Santa’s helpers. A dour character who was popular with parents who wanted to keep their children in line.

Big apologies for posting about Christmas when it’s still October! This lore comes from a little book I just acquired called The Christmas Companion – a merry little book of festive fun and trivia – a sort of Christmas themed Schott’s Miscellany. I got this to help me write some seasonal questions for the end of term staff dinner – we like a bit of a quiz, and silly me – I volunteered to do it this year.

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