Post # 1
Im from the northern states, and we’ve always celebrated St. Nicholas day but I’m unsure if other bees around the country/world celebrate this as well.
As a child, I would leave a pair of shoes out in the hallway for St.Nick to come and place a few gifts in– mostly the traditional gifts that many bees mentioned in the stocking thread: an orange, chocolates, old fashioned ribbon candies, and perhaps a pair of socks, or a small item like nail polish or a yoyo (when we were little).
St. Nick surprised me with a small piece of jewelry tonight! Unfortunately, he forgot to bring something for my husband… he(she) was forgetful 😉
Did you celebrate this holiday before xmas, and will you continue to celebrate it with your family? It’s interesting to see where in the world this is a tradition.
Post # 3
I have never even heard of St. Nicholas day. When I was a kid, St. Nick always came on Christmas Eve night.
Post # 4
I’ve never heard of this either! I was confused reading the title of this thread and wondered if I had discovered the secrets of time travel! 🙂
Post # 5
@tampalove35: Ive never heard of this either but as kid we would leave our christmas list in our slippers outside our bedroom doors. I wonder if this was the day we did it on or if my parents just choose a random night?
Post # 6
I’ve never heard of this! That’s fun! St Nick comes on Christmas eve around these parts.
Post # 7
I had to do a google search! It is celebrated in some Northern states– WI especially. But it’s more popular in eastern europe. Something that we also do, that we’ve carried on from our eastern european roots– is hiding a pickle ornament in the xmas tree and first to find it gets to open the first gift. Traditions are strange, but yet so fun.
I was really only to find any news stories on this that came out of WI– http://www.fox11online.com/good-day-wi/saint-nicholas-day-brings-history-traditions
It’s ALSO KRAMPUS DAY! And if you don’t know who krampus is, do a google search. If you’re a naughty kid you better hide today, Krampus has chains. f’n scary. 😉
Post # 8
@tampalove35: St Nick? BRING ON DER KRAMPUS!
Scariest children’s tale ever! Love it!
Post # 9
@weatherbug: we would put our letters to santa in our shoes or stockings on this night! It’s fairly common (well in these parts)
Post # 10
My First Husband had strong European Roots… when the kids were little we would all leave out a Boot when we went to bed… and wait to see what St Nick left.
If you were good for the year you’d get “sweets” left in your boot
If you were bad you’d get a switch (tree branch / twigs) which symbolized you were naughty
(a chunk of coal is the usual symbol for “bad” in other countries)
Lol, of course no one in our house ever got a switch… so we all knew that Santa would be generous to us 18 days later when he came on Christmas Eve.
When the kids were little tho, it was great fun to see their pleased faces when they turned their boots upside down and candies fell out.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I think this has roots in Scandanavian culture, right? That would make sense with the northern Midwest. Sounds fun!
Post # 12
Never heard of this. Sounds fun though.
Post # 13
For some reason, I always thought this was Russian.
Maybe I will leave shoes out… maybe I might get my missing cat back…
Post # 14
I’ve never ever heard of anything like it!
Post # 15
We celebrated it in Germany. And I’m pretty sure it’s observed in the Netherlands too. My friend’s little boy was way more excited about the night of 5 December than Christmas Eve. And yes, one year my boss wandered around the office as der Krampus.
Post # 16
YES! I did this when I was a child!! They did it for us at school too.
I LOVED it! People look at me like I have two heads when I talk about it haha