St Nicholas


Photo: Courtesy of wildsau

Last Sunday we had 6 December. In Germany that day is called “Nikolaus”, called after St Nicholas, the Bishop from Byra.

He gave presents to the poor and especially the children of the poor. As you can see in the photo above St. Nicholas is not Santa Claus. He is dressed as a bishop, and on December 6th he visits the children. He has a book with him (it is tiny bit undersized on that photo, I must admit) in which all the children’s doings are written.

On the night from the 5 to the 6 December we put our shoes outside (the larger the shoes the better) and when we open our doors on the 6 December it may well be that the shoes are filled with chocolates, oranges and those delicious cookies called “Lebkuchen”. I was away on Saturday and when I came home shortly before midnight, I found a tiny little paper bag hanging on the door with some sweets in it. And when I came to the office on Monday morning there was one tiny little chocolate boot hanging on the door. The whole staff had got such a present, and on that morning there was a smile on every colleague’s face.

So it doesn’t need much to make someone happy, and if we take this time of the year seriously we should spend our energy or some of it by focusing on those tiny things which make other people smile – and which make us feel good!

By the way: This week there will be no blog post on Friday. Enjoy your week and the weekend!

About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

4 responses to “St Nicholas”

  1. diannemr says :

    Ulla, I always learn something new and interesting when I visit your blog! I had always assumed that Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus were one and the same.

    And thank you for the lovely reminder that with the smallest of gestures, we can make a big difference to how people feel! 😮 )

  2. Kate Loving Shenk says :

    Interesting that Saint Nik is dressed as a Bishop! And the sweet innocence on the faces of those children!


  3. quoteflections says :

    I believe your traditions in Germany about St. Nick are much more poignant. Let children focus on him before Christmas Day and remind them that his primary concern is to help the poor in society. In North America children receive many mixed messages about Santa Claus and December 25th.

  4. Paul Cornies says :

    Hi Ulla,
    I just blogged about your German tradition and thank you for the inspiration.

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