December 6th is Nikolaustag

October 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured News, German Holidays

Nikolaustag, a German tradition for kids: On the evening of December 5th, kids put a pair of shoes in front of their door, and when they wake up the next morning their shoes are filled with oranges, nuts, candy or a little toy. Of course Nikolaus (St. Nick) is responsible for these treats.


3 Comments on "December 6th is Nikolaustag"

  1. brutney on Tue, 16th Nov 2010 8:04 pm 

    it is actullay the six onf december my german who comes from germany told me so get ur facts right

  2. Christine on Wed, 1st Dec 2010 5:52 am 

    Actually it depends on what regions of Germany and Austria people are from, some celebrate on the night of the 6th and some the 5th. I myself imigrated when I was a todder from Germany, my mother’s side did it on the 6th to the 7th, where as my fathers family did it on the 5th to the 6th. We now traditionally do it on the 6th to the 7th for our children.

  3. Lauren on Mon, 6th Dec 2010 9:31 am 

    Actually @brutney, I’m German and I celebrate on the 5th. Before you go yelling and screaming, get YOUR facts straight.
    Some other things about Nikolaustag (Nikolaus Day): Children shine their shoes and then put one pair outside at the front or back door. Then Nikolaus comes by and puts oranges, apples, candy or toys in their shoes if they’ve been good. However, if the children have been bad, he puts a birch twig in their show (of course, the children always get candy even if they have been bad).