December 6 is when Germany celebrates “Nikolaus day”. A day prior Parents make their kids thoroughly clean at least one pair of shoes, mostly boots, and at night when kids are in bed asleep parents will sneak out and put candy in the freshly cleaned boots. Nowadays parents also like to put small toys in with some candy but when I grew up it only has been chocolate and other candy. Next morning kids wake up and freak out over all the goods that Nikolaus brought them. Here is the religious story of this special day that Canadians don’t celebrate.
Originally posted on Expat Since Birth:
Sinterklaas or Nikolaus, San Nicola etc. in European countries is based on the legendary figure of St Nicholas. Born in 271 AD to a rich Greek family in Asia Minor in in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia), he was very religious from an early age. His parents died by an epidemic while Nicholas was still very young and he was raised by his uncle (also named Nicholas), the bishop of Patara. ” He tonsured the young Nicholas as a reader and later ordained him a presbyter (priest). “(wikipedia) Nicholas decided to distribute his wealth to the poor and become a priest. Later he became the Arch Bishop of Myra, a place near the city of Anatolia in Turkey.
He had the reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him and became the model…
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