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Black Peter

by Micha F. Lindemans
It is said that during the Middle Ages, the people in Holland referred to the devil as Black Peter (Dutch: Zwarte Piet). He was put in chains by Saint Nicholas, and made his slave. On Saint Nicholas' Eve (December 4), the saint had Black Peter drop candy and gifts down chimneys into the shoes children had placed there.

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  • Also known as:
    Zwarte Piet

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