Belsnickel & Belly-Guts: Holiday Traditions, York & Beyond

Posted on 08/08/10 No Comments

How did the Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Christmas? What are York’s ties to national holiday traditions? Local customs such as barring out the schoolmaster, Belsnickling, and Second Christmas are discussed, as well as popular traditional local foods and treats such as apee cookies, leb-cakes, belly-guts, and metzel soup.  Scott wrote an extensive guest editorial on local holiday traditions for the York Daily Record in December 2008, and he has previously given this presentation to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York and the Northern York County Historical & Preservation Society.