St. Nicholas Day is a popular occasion for children in many parts of Europe because children usually receive gifts on this day.
Some European cities such as Bari, Italy recognize St. Nicholas as the patron saint and celebrate with different activities such as gift-giving, parades, feasts and festivals.
St. Nicholas is referred to by many names throughout Europe such as Sinterklaas in the Netherlands or Nikolaus in Germany.
In the days leading up to December 6, children throughout Europe put their shoes or a special St. Nicholas boot in front of the fireplace or the front door at night to find them filled with small presents the next morning.
A larger amount of gifts is usually brought on the eve of St. Nicholas Day or December 5.
My boys just starting to clean there shoes and getting ready for Nikolaus to come!
Wishing you all a wonderful St. Nicholas Day / Nikolaus.
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