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Sat Dec 1, 2018, 09:38 AM

FSogol's 2018 Advent Calendar Day 1: A U.S. soldier dressed as St. Nick for kids in war-torn

Luxembourg. They never forgot him.

St. Nicholas Day was approaching in 1944 when Harry Stutz and Richard Brookins, corporals in the U.S. Army’s 28th Infantry Division, arrived in newly liberated Luxembourg.

The two soldiers had survived a harrowing battle in Germany’s Hurtgen Forest, where their unit suffered 60 percent casualties. Now their division had been sent to Wiltz, a small town in northern Luxembourg, to recover.


“A young corporal from the U.S. Army’s 28th Infantry division called Richard Brookins decided to bring cheer to the children of the town by dressing up as St. Nicholas,” Juncker said.

“I didn’t know who Saint Nicholas was, so I didn’t know what he did, and I didn’t want to spoil it for the kids,” Brookins told The Washington Post. After some cajoling by Stutz, Brookins relented, but he balked again when he realized that he had to wear a costume: the local priest’s robes, a beard made of rope, a staff and a bishop’s miter. On Dec. 5, Brookins was driven through Wiltz in an Army jeep flanked by two local girls dressed as angels. They visited the town’s schools where children sang and G.I.s passed out sweets.

The town revered Brookins so much that they reenact the event yearly and have invited him back several times.

Entire story by Patrick Martin here:

Video, including footage from 1944 here.

About my Advent Calendar Project: I started this last year (2017) and wrote something about Christmas each day of the advent. I started it with: Put me in the group that loves Christmas. While not being particularly religious (I did have a Lutheran upbringing), I've always enjoyed this time of year. To count down, I'll post a daily post here in the lounge with something, usually offbeat about Christmas.

My index of stories from last year with links:

1. The Scientific Reason Why Reindeer Have Red Noses
2. Deleted scene from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
3: The origin of writing letters to Santa
4: A Brief History of Gingerbread
5: History of the Kissing Ball
6: Santa's Home, Workshop, and Mailbox
7: Vintage Christmas traditions from the 1950s and 1960s
8: Don't Forget Santa's Milk and Cookies
9: Things you might not know about tinsel
10: Dreaming of a Green Christmas
11: Origin of the Christmas Tree
12: Who invented electric Christmas lights?
13: Creation Myths of the Candy Cane
14: How did coal become the gift choice for the naughty kids?
15: A Brief History of Advent Calendars
16: Why does Christmas get abbreviated to Xmas?
17: The Nutcracker
18: Life Lessons From Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer'
19: Why is Christmas Day on the 25th December?
20: The origin of Christmas Cookies
21: Origin of The Yule Log
22: Origin of Santa's Reindeer
23: The Origin of Santa Claus
24: Twas The Night Before Christmas
25: Merry Christmas and the Origin of the Nativity Play

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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 10:29 PM

1. I have got to catch up on all this

Thanks for your research.

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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 11:00 PM

2. Thanks, it's been fun. n/t

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