As a young child I remember hearing from teachers about the tradition of St. Nikolaus day occurring in foreign countries. Children would place their shoes or boots outside of the door and St. Nikolaus would come along and place a small present and some food in the shoe.
Now, we live in a foreign country and we are participating in the tradition. It is a nice tradition. And generally I would say Christmas is much more toned down in Germany. Our children have become accustomed to fewer gifts, without complaining for instance. Here's a pic from Tamara for Nikolaus - which we celebrated on December 6th - St. Nikolaus day.
And then there was one
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