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A cracking call for St Nick.

In November and December, young and old in the northern Swiss town of Lenzburg head out at sunset for the traditional Chlausklöpfe and welcome back St Nicholas. Originally believed to be a pagan ceremony to chase away evil winter spirits, it is still practised around Lenzburg and parts of central Switzerland.

swissinfo.ch met whipmaker Robert Werren from Egliswil and some whip-wielding aficionados from Buttisholz, Lenzburg and Möriken.