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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?

Why yes, he spent his childhood there!

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.