In order to make the story interesting to people who did not know about Belsnickel I told the story of Oliver Eberstark, a recluse who had once been a popular guy but was now something of a hermit until his boyhood friend, Father Nicholas Bauer, connives to get him to play Belsnickel for the children of their home town. Father Nick is aided by the lovely Gretchen Fritz who admits she had a crush on Oliver when all of them were kids.
I wrote the story as a 99 cent novella available for Kindle as The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood and it has gotten lots of lovely compliments. I found working with these characters so enjoyable that I've continued writing about them and plan a collection of stories about the Pennsylvania Dutch community of Marienstadt called The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall for this coming holiday season. I never thought a childhood tradition would bring so much happiness to adults.
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