to wondering about the origins of the helpers of Santa and how far back their history went.
But, some Christmas helpers date back a little further - especially in European history.In Belgium and the Netherlands Sinterklaus (aka Santa)has a sidekick known as Zwart Piet, or Black Pete. He is a little controversial as he is depicted as a man with a blacked- out face, but he is the fun character who throws sweets to waiting children. However, in earlier stories he is the one who reports back to his boss on which children are worthy of presents and who has been too naughty to receive them. Readers of my other blogs may be interested to know that Norse god Odin had two black ravens who did a similar job.Is this a coincidence or could this be the origins of Zwart Piet?
The Elves wearing green is also a new development. In all the Nordic tales Santa`a helpers wore only red.
Some avatars at last nights event seemed to be using their imagination as to what your average elf would look like,too. But,hey, isn`t that what Second Life is all about? There`s plenty of chances to be creative with your outfit tonight in the London Sims ,though. The Coach and Horses` "Best in Christmas Songs or Stories" event begins at 11am (Second Life Time), so dress up as Rudolph or Frosty the Snowman, or go with the traditional Nativity story and come as one of the shepherds or the three wise kings. And then, after Club 2012`s "Best in Red " contest its onto Mayhem`s "Best in Disney Characters" at 3pm (SLT). Remember the "Bare Necessities" with Baloo or join the "Circle of Life " as Simba , but remember its probably better to come as a Lady than a Tramp!