He’s making a list, and Czeching it twice…
Blog Guy, I need to tap your background in psychology. I can’t get my husband to enjoy the Christmas holidays. When he sees festive decorations he just breaks down and sobs.
Hmmmm. Did he by any chance grow up in Prague?
I thought as much. Have a look at these photos from Prague, where revelers dressed as Saint Nicholas and a devil approach small children on the street and demand to know if they’ve been good or bad. It’s enough to warp any child for life.
You mean a child has to figure out what a saint and a devil are doing together, and then decide whether to tell them the truth about his behavior?
That’s about it.
But that reduces a lovely tradition to a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity.
Bingo. The very definition of Kafkaesque, and you know where he was from.
Revelers dressed as Saint Nicholas and a devil look at children at the Old Town Square in Prague, December 5, 2011. The revelers approached children on the streets as part of a tradition to determine if they had behaved well during the past year; and depending on their answers, would receive presents, sweets or coal accordingly. REUTERS/David W Cerny