Tag: Holidays

Zwarte Piet-   Tradition or Racism?

  In many countries around the world, Santa Claus has helpers.  We have discussed Krampus (http://www.historynaked.com/krampus/) in a previous post.  However, in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Aruba and Curaçao, SinterKlaas or St. Nicholas has a different helper- Zwarte Piet or Black Pete.  Zwarte Piet is depicted as a “blackamoor” from Spain dressed in a colorful […]

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White Christmas

My favorite holiday movie is now and has always been (after “Die Hard”) “White Christmas”. And as this is the case and it is 62 years old this Christmas season, I’m going to write about it. “White Christmas” came out in 1954 and quickly became the highest grossing box office hit of the year, earning […]

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Krampus

“You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why: He’s making a list, And checking it twice, Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness […]

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  Money was flowing like water in the 1920’s and Macy’s Department Store was scooping it up hand over fist. The company went public in 1922 and began buying up competitors throughout the country. However, the flagship store remained in Harold Square in New York City. In 1924, they expanded the Harold Square store to […]

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