24 December 2008

in celebration of chimneys

Up on the Rooftop / St. Peter Port, Bailiwick of Guernsey
On this Christmas Eve, I celebrate chimneys everywhere as St Nick prepares to make his mad dash across the globe. Santa history tells me that he first began using the chimney in the Netherlands. According to tradition, Saint Nicholas had a Piet (or helper elf) for every function including acrobatic Pieten for climbing up the roofs to stuff presents through the chimney, or to climb through themselves. Because we all know, Santa could never fit himself!

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