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The Eve of St. Nicholas Day

Today is the Eve of St. Nicholas Day. It is time to put out shoes with hay or carrots.

"Traditional celebrations of Saint Nicholas Day in Northern Europe included gifts left in children's shoes (the origin of our American Christmas stockings). Good children receive treats - candies, cookies, apples and nuts, while naughty children receive switches or lumps of coal. Sometimes coins were left in the shoes, reminiscent of the the life-saving doweries the saint provided. Today - especially in families of German extraction - children still put a shoe outside their bedroom doors on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, and expect to find candy and coins or small gifts in their shoe on December 6th."


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3 comments:

  1. I was thinking about doing that this year, but didn't get any chocolate, maybe Saint Nicholas will be running late........

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  2. OH! With all of our company I completely forgot! That makes today National Cookie Day right? Seems like it.

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  3. I think National Cookie Day is the 4th. The 6th is National Gazpacho Day.
    Not nearly as much fun.

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