Santa's Friend The Schmutzli

As I work for a Swiss Bank I get to learn about some of their culture. My Swiss friends told me about Santa's friend "The Schmutzli".

"Schmutzli is nearly all brown: dressed in brown, with brown hair and beard, and a face darkened with lard and soot. He is St. Nicholas' helper in Switzerland. He carries a stick and sack,. Children used to be told that Schmutzli would beat naughty children with the switch and carry them off in the sack to gobble them up in the woods."

This is so much better than coal in your stocking!!! Kids in the USA would be better behaved.