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!

53 comments:

  1. I just love the idea of St. Nikolaus Day as well as your charming bag. I like to think I've been good; although I don't know if I've been good enough...and that gingerbread house looks delicious!:)

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  2. What a fab tradition, thankyou for telling, gorgeous gift bag and fab image.

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  3. Thank you for sharing such wonderful traditions and stories with us, as well as sharing your gorgeous creations!

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  4. I have been good this year, i'm sure Nikolaus would give me one!

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  5. I think I've been good this year, so I would get a gingerbread house from St. Nikolaus, or Copics would also be great :) We call him Sinterklaas in Dutch. Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

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  6. I have also been good this year;)

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  7. I am always good, aren't you? Lovely gift sack anyone would be delighted to receive one like this!
    Jenni x

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  8. Wow,ist das Säckchen toll!
    Soooo wunderschön gestalltet und ein ganz süßes Motiv!

    LG Manu! ;-)

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  9. My husband and children are German so we put our boots out last night and what would you know, they were filled to the brim with satsumas and choccies, we have very bright eyed children this mornin! I must admit to not knowing the whole story though, so thanks for enlightening me. Good luck to everyone with the drawxx

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  10. Beautiful gift bag!
    Of course I've been good this year! ;0)
    Helen x

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  11. Love the gift bag and the soft earthy colours. I have been good of course!!

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  12. Love the gift bag!! i like the earth tones! Yes, he'll say i was a very good girl this year!!! hehehe! hugs, Kris

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  13. Hi,
    I am always as good as I can :o).
    And if this wasn´t enough I will ask Nikolaus for leniency ;-).
    Have a nice Nikolaus-Day!!
    Hugs Kathi

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  14. Fab tradition thanks for sharing Gorgeous gift bag love the gingerbread man yes i've been good this year
    Anne xx

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  15. shes a really cutie pie love the little gift bag.
    tracy x

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  16. Yes I hope I've been good enough :)

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  17. Can anyone ever be good enough? ;)

    Greetings from Munich,
    Birgit

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  18. I think I've been good enough! Nobody's perfect, right? ;)

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  19. Wonderful sack and the decoration is fabulous. I enjoyed the tale you told us. I have been mostly good this year so yes I think I would
    Marion

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  20. Ohhhhh what a wonderful tradition! Thank you so much for sharing that. I think I will read this later to my son, I bet he'd love to hear it!
    Beautiful work Kathrin... I love your gift bag, and the little Chocolate Santa is just PERFECT!
    Big Hugs
    Lynda

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing so many traditions! And, even though I spent way too much this year on scrapping supplies, I think Santa would still give me one of these bags!!!
    Jackie

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  22. What a wonderful tradition I really do wish the world could go back to all these wonderful traditions then perhaps we would be able to all far more harmonious and the children would be more thankful of all the high tech things they get.
    As for me well, I am always a good girl so I am sure St Nikolaus would fill my shoe or bag to the brim for me. Thanks for sharing.
    Kim xXx

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  23. I have been very good this year:) OK Maybe bragging isn't good LOL My daughter is a gingerbread fanatic and I had to order this stamp. Hope the USPS elfs bring it quick;)

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  24. Love to know tradition from other country. Yes St Nikolaus will bring me one ;)
    Suzie

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  25. I really like your bag I love the earthtone colors and the story of your heritage is really cool....I am pretty sure Nikolaus would bring me one :) it may have a little warning note enclosed however hehehe
    TFS
    Hugs

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  26. Gorgeous project!! I am fairly sure I have been good enough this year! ;)

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  27. I love hearing about all of these wonderful traditions!!! Thank you for sharing them. Good enough- maybe, would he let me eat it, ho way, LOL!

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  28. Just gorgeous and what a wonderful story! Love hearing all these neat traditions. I would say I've been good enough, at least to eat a little bit of ginger bread, lol! Happy holidays to you!

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  29. I love your bag! Have I been good this year? Well I guess that will have to be decided by Nikolaus. I'm sure I have been naughtey at some point in the last year. LOL Thanks for the candy giveaway.

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  30. Wonderful gift and so fun to learn of other country's holiday traditions!

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  31. Hum..., este año, como todos, ha habido un poco de todo, pero en general..., puedo decir que he sido buena, podría mejorar? Por supuesto! Cada año intento ser un poquito mejor. Pero, si, creo que san Nicolás debería traerme una casa de jengibre de tamaño mediano!!

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  32. What a lovely goodie sack! hmmm....I can only hope that I've been good enough to earn a big gingerbread house! :)

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  33. OH I love this little bag! How fantastic.
    And another great story you've shared.
    I'm really enjoying them.

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  34. I didn't know that story but my kids get a note from Santa every year telling them basically the same things.
    I don't know if I have been good enough but I wasn't bad either. :)

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  35. Your creations are adorable! And your stories are great!
    I love the Christmas traditions and stories to pass along to my grand-child. Just seeing the magic sparkle in her eyes is heartwarming!

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  36. That story is adorable!!! And so is that little one with her adorable gingerbread!! I have been a good girl this year!

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  37. Beautifully decorated goodie bag! I can almost smell the gingerbread! I've been mostly a good girl this year, maybe spent a bit too much on stamps!

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  38. i have been a good girl... honest...!!! i think i might just manage to scrap by and get a gingerbread house...lol... but i would have to give mine to someone else to share...!!!! as thats what holidays are all about sharing...!!!!
    kaz_za

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  39. I might get a small house... ;)

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  40. Thank you for sharing the beautiful traditional Christmas story behind St. Nickolaus in Germany. I learned something new and truly precious. And your Christmas sack is so very beautiful! Merry Christmas to you, Kathrin!

    xx Elisabeth

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  41. What a beautiful Christmas sack and story! It's so heartwarming listening and learning about your traditions. Thank you so much for sharing! (i hope i've been good...giggle.)

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  42. Great story. I try my best is all I can say.

    Donna

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  43. I love the story, and your bag is cute and delicious. Don't know if i've been good enough but I do try my best.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  44. What a wonderful story, and beautiful bag! I think I've been good : )

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  45. Of course I've been good. I don't even know how to be bad :D

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  46. What a lovely tradition! I love that the kids get a letter with good and bad behaviour... The bag you have made is so lovely.. Love the colouring!

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  47. This is just fabulous work! Love the story and thanks for sharing :) That is a yummy looking gingerbread.
    I'd say that I have been a pretty good kid and that if I may please taste the gingerbread lol! :o) :o)

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  48. My son is 6 years old and this year we chose to tell him the story of St. Nicholas and to let him know that Santa of Dec 25th is not real. Would St. Nick bring us something - probably. The mythical Santa - probably not too happy with us. We wanted to return Christmas to Jesus and love thy family - not gifts.

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  49. I love stopping by everyday to read the wonderful enteries you all have. The stories are always so fun!
    Hugs~ Kim

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  50. I think I have been good enough but would love to have my house given to another. There are more people who would enjoy it more than me!

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  51. What a WONDERFUl tradition and a gorgoeus sack of goodies! I love hearing how Christmas is celebrated around the world...thank you for the wonderful post Kathrin! ;D

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