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PostPosted: Wed 06 Dec, 2006 7:49 pm    Post subject: St. Nicholas Day project Reply with quote

I'm trying to get the house in order and ready for visitors at Christmastime. Our basement is usually a disaster area. I tried to put away stray shoes, and they had multiplied! There was no room left on the shelves.

At the same instant, Mr. CAM made a brilliant suggestion, and I remembered it was St. Nicholas Day (no doubt thinking about the shoes).

I took all shoes and boots out of the shelves in the common area, and lined them up. I put a sign out saying "St. Nicholas Day: please claim and put away all shoes you want, and the remainder I will give away or throw away on Saturday." I put out a "throw away" basket and a "give away" basket.

This worked extraordinarily well. Previous attempts to get people to go through the shelves had failed miserably. I now have a large give away bag of rejected but still serviceable shoes and boots, and there is lots of room on the shelves.

I am thinking of implementing this as an annual St. Nicholas Day event. The only concern raised was that the Dutch might be offended at this misappropriation of the St. Nicholas Day holiday. I countered with the suggestion that perhaps I should instead put lumps of coal or switches in selected shoes. There was some idle discussion about lumps of coal and the fact that we didn't have any. Then there was another question: "What is a switch?"


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Dec, 2006 1:03 am    Post subject: Re: St. Nicholas Day project Reply with quote

Good idea for the shoes. We should have done that too. I suppose we could still do it but I'm afraid it's rather tempting to just wait until next year.

CAM wrote:
The only concern raised was that the Dutch might be offended at this misappropriation of the St. Nicholas Day holiday. I countered with the suggestion that perhaps I should instead put lumps of coal or switches in selected shoes.


I can't really think this would be a great concern - and frankly, anyone who is offended needs to take a valium. But just in case you are still at all uneasy, perhaps you could suggest that the shoes that are to be kept should be cleaned and polished to indicate that chocolates should be placed inside them.

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"What is a switch?"


I believe it is a thin branch used for whipping. (or perhaps sweeping??)



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PostPosted: Thu 07 Dec, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Re: St. Nicholas Day project Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
...perhaps you could suggest that the shoes that are to be kept should be cleaned and polished to indicate that chocolates should be placed inside them..


... Oh, this is a really excellent idea! Some of the shoes that people kept are in dire need to become more chocolate-ready.


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