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