Don’t forget to check your boots before you put them on this morning!
When: December 6th every year.
Where: Germany and Northern European Countries.
Saint Nicholas was known for his great kindness and help to those in distress. Among his most gracious acts are saving three penniless young girls from a life of prostitution by secretly providing their father with 3 purses of gold coins as dowries for them, and raising three murdered boys from the dead. For these reasons, he is considered the patron saint of children and unmarried girls among others.
Traditional celebrations of Saint Nicholas’ Day in Germany and other parts of Northern Europe include gifts left in children’s boots left outside the front door on the eve of St Nicholas’ day (the origin of Christmas stockings in other countries). Good children receive good things – sweets, gifts, oranges and nuts, while naughty children receive lumps of coal. Sometimes coins are left in the boots, representing the dowries that the saint provided.
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Food & Drink
Speculaas is a spicy almond flavor biscuit with a soft, almost cake-like texture is traditionally served on Sinterklaas. Drink Gluhwein, a warm and spicy mulled wine.