Sunday, December 6, 2009
The 6th "door" is opening
Welcom to day 6 of the Belles´n´Whistles advent calendar! Can you believe that the first week is nearly over? But don´t worry, there are still 18 chances to win one of the fantastic advent calendar goodie bags Summer is so kindly offering to you. Just make sure to be in the drawing by adding your name and blog link to Mr. Linky.
Well, on friday Iris shared about St. Barbara´s Day. Today I am going to share another german christmas tradition: Nikolaustag - St. Nichola´s Day. Nikolaus lived about 300 in a town called Myra, which is now in Turkey. He was a bishop and known for being very generous and caring. He especially loved the children. He died on the 6th of december. And each year on this day he comes "back to earth" to bring some sweet treats and goodies to the children. Those put a shoe outside in front of the door which Nikolaus will fill during the night. They find chocolats, gingerbreads but also oranges, nuts and apples in there. Well, since kids´ shoes aren´t very big and Nikolaus is carrying all this stuff in a big sack the kids sometimes get little sacks which are filled for them.
Nikolaus is also going to tell the kids if they were naughty or nice. He tells what he liked about their behaviour during last year, but also what he didn´t like. Our girls always get a small letter from Nikolaus in their sacks.
Our sacks will be very special this year because they are special decorated: I used brown paper bags and put "Gingerbread Corner", one of the cute stamps from christmas collection II, on the front. Matching the stamp name - and also the fact that gingerbread is something Nikolaus brings - I made some gingerbread men as decoration as well. You should smell these! I am sure Belle´s gingerbread house is smelling even better. And she did such a wonderful job decorating it!
That stamp also reminds me of a story I loved to read when I was a kid. It was about a poor little girl admiring a big gingerbread house in a shop´s window every day, knowing she would never own this but still hoping it could happen somehow. She felt so disappointed when she came to the shop one morning close to Nikolaus Tag - and the house is gone. Well, it was Nikolaus who came during night to get it - to bring it to her on Nikolaus Tag...
So, even I am going to ask you a question - just an easy one: What would Nikolaus say - have you been good enough last year to get a big gingerbread house?
Happy Nikolaustag to all of you!