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Papier-mâché Belsnickle

Papier-mâché Belsnickle

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Definition: a somewhat solemn, sinister or gruff-looking old world Santa Claus figure modeled of papier-mâché, usually of German origin, made around the turn of the 20th century; originals are hard to locate and quite pricey; reproductions are widely available
Pronunciation: bel-snik-el
Also Known As: the Pennsylvania Dutch Santa, Pelze Nichol, which was pronounced "pelsnickle" by Americans and eventually became belsnickle
Alternate Spellings: belschnickle
Common Misspellings: belsnickel
Examples:
Belsnickle with Feather Tree
Pink Belsnickle
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