This morning many children in Europe jumped out of bed to check their boot or shoe outside their bedroom door for sweets, toys, oranges or money! Many thanks to my friend Andrea who reminded me. You all know I love celebrations! http://andreaschwemin.wordpress.com/
This early Christian celebration was named for a Bishop Nicholas of Myra in Turkey. He was known for his miracles and often called Nicholas the Wonder worker. Nicholas lived from 270-343 AD.
There are some rules for leaving out the boot or shoe, yes, only one so as not to appear greedy. The boot or shoe must be well polished to show St. Nicholas that the child is industrious. And a naughty child must be concerned at receiving a switch for the parents to punish him or her. But I imagine just like the threat of “coal in the stocking” on December 25 is used as a warning in the west, it is an idle treat! St. Nicholas is not Santa Claus and thought of by most, its importance is more religious,in contrast, to the secular celebration which Christmas has become !
This photography is taken in the Netherlands.
This Is the Celebration of St. Nicholas Day!
Images from Google Images – Public Domain
VERY NICE NIKOLAUS……love ANNE:))
Thank you for bringing this to mind! 😎
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I go to an international school and all the Dutch came into school with big grins on their faces!
WOW….now you know why! Thanks so much for the comment. I am retired teacher so I would love to hear about your school experience!