Monday, December 6, 2010

St. Nicholas Day / Nikolaustag - 6th December

Happy Nikolaus / St. Nicholas (Nick's) Day to you all! - Were you naughty or nice? It's me, Iris, again...lol! So you have to bear with me again today and then, I promise, I wont be back until next weekend ;-) 

Today is December 6th and we have another tradition on this day in Germany. This day of December is called Nikolaustag / St. Nicholas Day. It is named after Nicholas of Myra who was a saint and a Greek Bishop. He was credited for a lot of miracles and known as secret gift giver. He would put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him and this gesture was the model for our tradition on Nikolaustag.
Depending on what region in Germany you are in there are slightly different  interpretations.  On the evening of December 6th children put their shoes/boots outside the doors and in the course of the evening (in some regions it is on the evening before the 6th, during the night from the 5th to the 6th) Nikolaus/Nicholas fills it with little gifts, nuts, tangerines, gingerbread etc. But he is not only filling the shoes. Sometimes he is visiting the children that evening in their homes. Reading from his big golden book where all the children are listed and he knows very well who was naughty and who was nice.  He praises the good and well-behaved kids, giving them their goodie-filled shoes and punishes the naughty ones using a rod...well at least he pretends to do so ;-) But it always ends with gift giving :-) Sometimes St. Nikolaus/ St. Nicholas is also accompanied by his servant Ruprecht.

But I should mention this is not 'Christmas' what we celebrate today on the 6th. We are celebrating Christmas like most of you on the 24th/25th. We have Santa too but for many it is the Christkind / Christ Child that brings the presents. Depending again on the region.

Do you have similar traditions in your country? I would love to here all about it!

And I also have something creative to share with you. An already older card but it matches the theme perfectly! I've used 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' for this card, one of last years Christmas stamps. Isn't this image just too adorable? And all the older Christmas stamps are now available in "clear"! Check it out HERE and you might hurry because some of them are already low on stock!




I colored with Copics and the DP I've used is from Basic Grey.




Aren't I forgetting something? ...oh yes OF COURSE!!!!!! Yesterday's winner...LOL ;-) And here she is, the randomly drawn winner of December 5th:


Congratulations sweetie! 
Please contact Summer with your shipping information at
summer(at)bellesnwhistlesstamps(dot)com 
to receive your surprise package!!! :-)

In order to be eligible for our daily giveaway drawings let people know about our Advent Calendar Celebration (if you have a blog put our Advent Calendar Blinkie in your sidebar) and leave a comment here on this post.

Have all a wonderful Nikolaustag / St. Nick's Day!


47 comments:

  1. Congrats Karina. Todays card is gorgeous and such a pretty colourway.
    Marion

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  2. Congratulations to Karina. Beautiful card Iris, love those BG papers and your colouring is lovely.
    Hugs
    DAwn x

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  3. Ohhh, Iris, this is gorgeous!! I love the image and so well masked with the christmas tree. Love the frame around your image as well....

    Have a great day!

    Hugs
    Linda

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  4. Geez Iris, this is one stunning and gorgeous creation. I love your story about Christmas in Germany! Merry Christmas to you as you and yours celebrate today. "Hugs" Carol

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  5. Congratulatn Karina!
    Beautiful Card.
    Merry Christmas to you
    Hugs Katharina

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  6. Love the card and the coloring.
    Hugs..

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  7. Beautiful card - I used to attempt to stay awake to see Santa too lol.

    Hugs, Mette

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  8. Beautiful card.
    Merry christmas to you!

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  9. Aren't they lucky the German kids who get prezzies twice in December? :-) Unfortunately in Sweden, where I grew up, there's only one Santa. However; my parents used to give me an advent calendar with a small gift every day.

    Love your advent calendar with all the inspiration. This is a wonderful image, and it was absolutely the right thing to make an Easel card, so you have more decoration space!

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  10. love this image and finding out about all these different traditions, can't think of anything similar in the uk. Thanks for the chance to win again.

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  11. Einen schönen Nikolaustag aus Germany wünscht gila

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  12. Beautiful card, love this image it's so sweet

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  13. Liebe Iris
    Deine Karte ist wundervoll !!!
    Wir feiern heute in der Schweiz auch Nikolaus Tag, bei uns heisst er Samichlaus und meistens besuchen ihn die Kinder im Wald, zusammen mit dem Schmutzli und seinem Eseli...
    Herzlichst,
    Mo

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  14. Wonderful St nic card!! Thanks so much!!
    Congrats Karina and good luck to all:)
    Blessings

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  15. Happy St.Nicholas Day! That is a wonderful tradition. I'm an orthodox Christian and in my country he is the Patron Saint of many families here (including mine)we call that day glorification and we celebrate St.Nicholas on December 19th. He is not connected with Santa, the way we celebrate that day is in the house with family, we have lunch, the most important on the table there must be a candle for the Saint, "zito", wine and insence, relatives come to visit us, we go to Church in the morning...

    Beautiful card, I really love that stamp.
    hugs, Vanja

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  16. Gorgeous card Love the image Congratulations Karina
    Anne xx

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  17. Congratulations Karina. What a gorgeous card Iris. This is my first day playing along and I've added the blinkie to the top of my blog's sidebar.

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  18. Nikolaustag sounds like a wonderful expierence.
    Beautiful card created with my favorite Christmas stamp. I must get out mine and create a few cards with it again this year. Thanks for the reminder and Happy Nikolaustag Day to you.

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  19. what a awesome card sweetie
    the image is FAB
    congrats to yesterdays winner
    enjoy your prize
    thanks for the chance hun
    hugs angelique

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  20. Iris this is another gorgoeus creation hun! We do have St. Nick here too!!! :) He usually stops at my mom and dad's house for us!!! Love that tradition! Thanks again for the chance to win!
    Hugs~ Kim

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  21. I love to read about holiday traditions in other countries. Thank you so much for sharing! Your coloring is so beautiful and that image is just precious!

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  22. Wonderful coloring on your card! That tradition sounds very similar to our stockings here, although we fill them on Christmas Eve. If you're bad, Santa puts coal in your stocking. One year, I found candy coal for my husband's stocking. LOL

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  23. Beautifully done card! Congrats to the winner from yesterday!

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  24. Beautiful Card...just lovely.

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  25. Beautiful card! Cute scene and the color scheme is gorgeous! ;)

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  26. love that stamp and i have your blinkie on my side bar. have a great day.

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  27. This is Lovely! Great Colours. And The Colouring is Lovey! Love the Shading! We just Celebrate Lucia the 13. og December!

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  28. OMG... I won yesterday!! Wowowow.. I'm jumping up and down here. Thank you so much!! Just right in time for Santa's day :o) We celebrate it here in Switzerland similar than you in Germany.
    Hugs, Karina

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  29. beautiful card. lovely colouring from you as always.
    x laura x

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  30. I so enjoy learning how all the belles and whistles ladies celebrate the holidays. Thanks for sharing how your family celebrates Nikolaustag.

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  31. Oh, what a beautiful card. I just love how you colored the image. TFS.

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  32. Lovely to read about the traditions of other countries and love your beautiful card1
    Jenni x

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  33. Hallo Iris,
    ich war artig, deshalb gabs was vom Nikolaus :o).
    Liebe Grüße
    Kathi

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  34. Beautiful card and wonderful coloring. Love it!

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  35. Beautiful card and nice story to read :) i love it.. Thank you again for a chance of winning this stamp ;) Congrats to Karina.. :) hugs xx

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  36. What a lovely tradition. here in the US our Christmas is just the 24th evening and the 25th. I would love to have more traditions as your's.

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  37. Great card, this is one of my favorite BnWs!

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  38. Great card, Iris! I just used this stamp for the last challenge! I love the image :) Thanks for the chance to win!

    - Ann

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  39. What an adorable card, and thank you for sharing your traditions with all of us!

    Here in Canada, our family has an 'Advent Calendar' that we use. The kids get one small candy each day of December leading up to Dec. 25th.

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  40. Congratulations Karina. Love your traditional story unfortunately we don't have any traditions like that here. All have is the advent calendar which we open day until the 24th or sometimes now the 25th. Beautiful easel card with a great image and papers.
    Kim xXx

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