Last night in Germany and many other countries as well. Children left their shiny shoes or boots outside the door or by the fireplace so Saint Nikolaus could pay them a visit. Before last year I had heard of this but never participated, Katelyn is all about when in Rome do as Romans so we took part in the tradition.
Children dress up as Saint Nikolaus and go to stores and have sweets, nuts or fruit placed in their bags or boots they carry. Some even come to your home like trick or treating. We did not have any visitors like this picture. But I did see children bringing their boots to the grocery store where a Saint Nikolaus filled them with fruit and nuts.
I love seeing the different traditions Germany has. My German teacher told me that most Germans do not decorate for the season until Saint Nikolaus Day. And when she grew up in Holland if you decorated before this day, you would often receive notice. I'm not sure what that means except maybe you received coal or got put on the naughty list!
Needless to my lovely daughter was at a sleepover last night and sent a text reminding us that Saint Nikolaus should being coming tonight!! My husband texted her back asking if she put out her shoes? She responded by saying I'm pretty sure I left a few pairs laying around!
What about you do they celebrate Saint Nikolaus in your city?
Have a wonderful start to the Holiday Season!
Go visit Unknown Mami and see what her city and others have going on, on this lovely Sunday.