959: Caroling

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For a thousand generations we vowed never to forget how his soldiers feasted on our brother Stephen.
Title text: For a thousand generations we vowed never to forget how his soldiers feasted on our brother Stephen.

[edit] Explanation

Here are the lyrics for the first verse of the Christmas Carol, "Good King Wenceslas"

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel.

While not a king, Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia is considered a martyr and a saint. Far from being responsible for any massacre, he protected his subjects from external dominance, and is still a national hero to the Czech people. Black Hat is supplying disinformation to unsuspecting carolers in order to silence them. Since the popular knowledge of well liked historical figures often omits negative aspects or deeds (e.g., George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owning slaves or Martin Luther King Jr. having extramarital affairs), Black Hat's disinformation at first seems credible, though it is untrue. Further, Black Hat's reference to "my people" implies that Wenceslas was involved in violence against racial or ethnic minorities, lending his statement both credibility and weight: it adds credibility in that the popular biographies of premodern figures often downplay racism or similar discrimination (e.g., the above-mentioned US Founders owning slaves), and it adds weight because well-intentioned sensitivity to historical racism on the part of the carolers would likely prevent anyone from questioning Black Hat's assertion without proper research (which would naturally be impossible while caroling door-to-door).

The title text references "the Feast of Stephen" which is also known as the "Feast of St. Stephen" or "St. Stephen's Day", which is a holiday celebrated on 26 or 27 December, depending on the Western or Eastern church respectively. It is not actually a feast that involved eating a person named Stephen, instead a celebration of the Saint named Stephen.

[edit] Transcript

[Three people stand together singing Christmas carols.]
Carolers (in unison): Good king Wenceslas looked out on the—
[Black Hat leans out of an above ground window.]
Black Hat: King Wenceslas massacred my people.
[The carolers stand in silence.]
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9 months until I can start pulling this out on carolers again. Gaaaah, the waaait. Davidy²²[talk] 08:33, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I removed the section about Wenceslas being posthomously named king; the reference that is used to support this claim in the Wikipedia article does not, in fact, do so. The claim is not repeated anywhere else that I can see. 21:16, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
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