Ready To Celebrate St. Nick
December 6, 2017 7:08am CST
Today, December 6th, is the feast of Saint Nicholas. In many parts of Europe, children receive gifts on this day. In some countries of north Europe, boys dress as bishops and walk the streets asking for donations to give to the poor. The figure of St. Nicholas is derived from the Bishop Nicholas of Myra (Greece), known for for his habit to donate to the poor by putting coins in their shoes, while they were sleeping. Following this legend, here in Switzerland, kids put their shoes outside the door the night of St. Nicholas, hoping to find some coins when they wake up in the morning. As per the local tradition, today I have put up my Christmas decorations. Tonight I will light the fireplace and we will have dinner enjoying the view of the burning logs. Do you put your clogs outside the door waiting for St. Nick?
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I did on the 6th. When I was a kid, in Italy we used to put up our decorations the 7th of December (Saint Ambroise) the Saint Patron of our city of Milan. The Christmas market started on that day and it is also La Scala Opera Theater opens its season on this day.
• El Paso, Texas
That is such a wonderful tradition. Mom used to do that too but in her case she'd put chocolates in our shoes. She always told us that if we were naughty we would only get switches. I'm not sure where she got her ideas from but I know that somewhere down her line were German immigrants, she was born in 1916.
That's a beautiful tradition they in North Europe. I have a nephew born December 6. He should have been named Nicolas then with nickname of Nick. A very informative post you have. Another learned information about tradition from other countries.
We don´t have this holiday here but I think that it is beautiful. There are many things we do during Christmas yet not many people know why they do it. For instance, we all take away the tree on January 6th, but not many know that it has to do with the coming of the wise men.
@marguicha We used to buy a real tree when I was a kid. I remember that my father placed the tree (a big tree) in the formal dining room where we used to have the Christmas lunch and dinner. All the gifts were placed under the tree. Beautiful memories.
• Genova, Italy
Saint Nicholas is a Saint also written on Italian calendars (Today 6th December) However, in Italy, it is not a festive day, nor is there any ritual for this celebration. I knew nothing of this until now traditional celebration. Thank you for informations