In Northern Germany, Sankt Nikolaus is usually celebrated on a small scale. Many children put a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside the front door on the night of 5 December. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful the last year. If they were not, they will have a stick (Rute) in their boots instead. Nicholas is often portrayed in Bavarian folklore as being accompanied by Knecht Ruprecht who inquires of the children if they have been saying their prayers, and if not, he shakes his bag of ashes at them, or beats them with a stick.
Kathi is Christian and told us of this St Nicholas day!! It isn’t just celebrated in Germany but also in different countries in Europe and the USA.
I had completely forgot that this day was happening and awoke to find this:
Christmas is underway here in team KW! Only 13 days until I’m back! Yipppeee!