Actually, I don't think you were talking about the same person - the one with the beating is Knecht Ruprecht.But a lot people here confuse him with Santa a lot, lol, for whatever reason. I mean, he comes on St. Nicolaus, not on Christmas XD;
yeah, you have to recite a poem to him, and if you get it wrong he beats you. serious pressure!
Well that dosen't comes as a big surprise from a country with childstories like that http://www.struwwelpeter.com/SP/daumen1.phpMy perents actually read that stories to me before sleep :|
Aha, gotcha! So it IS a different person after all. Uh...maybe German children work well under heavy pressure and the negative reinforcement?
The Dutch version of St. Niklaus beats you up AND takes you to Spain in a bag! >:D
HAHA!!!! It's like going to Spain is a BAD thing!