St Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas Day

  • Christmas gift-bringer - A number of Midwinter or Christmas traditions in European folklore involve gift-bringers. Mostly involving the figure of a bearded old man, the traditions have mutually influenced one another, and have adopted aspects from Christian hagiography, even before the modern period.
  • Christkind - The Christkind is the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, parts of northeastern France, Upper Silesia in Poland, parts of Hispanic America, in certain areas of...
  • stutenkerl - A Stutenkerl belongs to the Saint Nicholas tradition in the German-speaking countries. It is a pastry made of Stuten, sweet leavened dough, in the form of a man. Stutenkerl is available usually around Saint Nicholas' Day, December 6th, but in parts of the Rhineland at Saint Martin's Day in November.
  • Advent
  • Saints days
  • December observances

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