Monday, December 06, 2010

St Nikolaus


Today is St Nikolaus Day in Germany, which is kind of a big deal if you're a kid and like sweets, much like Trick or Treat over here. I went dressed as an angel once with clingfilm covered wings and silver-blue snow boots, that was in the eighties.

3 comments:

Pencil Pocket said...

This is so super Christiane!

Chisa said...

Can't remember that we dress up for St. Nikolaus? At least not in my part of Germany (right in the middle). St. Nikolaus was always about cleaning your shoes vigorously the day before, put it out there and in the next morning - tada! - some nuts, oranges, chocolates were inside. If one had been a good child, anyway. Somehow over the last ten years supermarket chains and other big department stores offer a special shoe filling service. Kids can bring one shoe in the days prior to St. Nikolaus and will get it back filled with sweets and other little gifts.
Just thought you might like the information. ^_^

Christiane said...

Hi Chisa, I think it depends on the region, up North and in the South they still do the dressing up and walking from house to house bit, although we did the boots thing, too.
It only worked with boots though and indeed the supermarkets were already selling little plastic boots filled with sweets!! :O Or rods made from twigs with a few sweets hanging from them if you were a bit naughty...