This evening sees a lovely tradition in our family, St Nikolaus day.
On the evening of the 5th December children in Germany leave a boot Nikolaus Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside their door before bedtime.
In the morning, their boots are filled with sweet treats if they have been good. However, if they need to work on their behaviour then they will receive a stick. I guess it is a bit of a hint on whether they have been good or not, giving them a chance to change before Christmas Eve.
To me it seems like no time until C-day. However, the kids have been complaining that it is a ‘big long’ time away. So this nice tradition is a little bit of excitement in the long lead up to Christmas. It keeps them going and it is so nice to see their faces in the morning.
As a Brit this tradition was pretty new to me, but one that we have embraced.
Leaving out the boots
So last night I gathered the boys and reminded them to leave a boot out.
They were pretty excited, although were feeling pretty confident that they would get sweets. They met Santa on Sunday, who told them they had been good.
They also wrote out their Christmas list for Santa to take with him. He is going to get a surprise though, there are a few new items on this list. I am sure this will cause him a slight panic as I believe Santa has already sorted out their pressies……
Wake Up Mummy
It was so nice in the morning to wake up and see their faces light up. They were so excited to see sweets and fruit in their boots.
Keeping St Nikolaus Going
So I guess the big question is, will we keep this tradition going when we return to the UK?
We certainly plan to, it is a really nice start to December. The kids love having a little something extra to look forward to.
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I would love to hear of any traditions that you do with your family on the lead up to Christmas. Let me know in the comments.
Have you heard of St Nikolaus visiting on the evening of the 5th December?
Do you practice this tradition?