Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Airline Bemuses Nova Scotians with Claims of Christmas 'Belsnickeling' Tradition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Airline Bemuses Nova Scotians with Claims of Christmas 'Belsnickeling' Tradition

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Airline bemuses 'belsnickeling' Nova Scotians

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HALIFAX - A Toronto-based airline says it hopes it has helped belsnickeling to become a wider Christmas tradition in Nova Scotia.

Porter Airlines bemused social media users with an article in its in-flight magazine that said belsnickeling is a popular tradition in the province.

The article said belsnickeling was introduced by German immigrants in the 1750s, and involves people going to neighbours' houses in Santa costumes, jangling chains and bells. Cake and hot drinks are also involved.

But the idea was met with surprise and some mockery from many Nova Scotians who said they'd never heard of it -- even as a few lonely voices suggested it was a real thing, or at least used to be, in certain parts of the province.

"Could the Nova Scotian who fed this hilarious lie to Porter please show yourself," one Twitter user, (at)emilydawnlove, wrote in a post that got about 850 likes. …

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