The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day, usually on the 6th of December, is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts.
In Germany, many children put a shoe outside the front door on the night of December 5th to December 6th. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful the last year. If they were not, they will have a tree branch in their boots instead.
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Keeping with tradition, Jonathan and I set our shoes outside on Sankt Nikolaus Tag. It appears that we were both very good so far this year.
Lebkuchen and chocolate for Carrie, and beer for Jonathan. Mmmmm.