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Caroling
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.

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.

First and foremost, Wenceslas was not a king, but merely a duke. The "kingship" was given to him ceremonially after his death. Secondly, the Wenceslas that the carol is about did not massacre any people and Black Hat is merely playing a prank on unsuspecting innocent carolers.

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 the 26th or 27th of 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.

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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Discussion

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. 108.162.219.223 21:16, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

I have removed the trivia section arguing that Wenceslas might not have been such a great guy after all. There is no proof offered, and the comment is really only speculation, and not actual trivia. If whoever added this section can offer some concrete evidence, then maybe it would be merited. Orazor (talk) 07:50, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
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