I received an email from my editor yesterday. “Say, St. Nicholas Day is coming up on December 6! You should put your shoe out!” Put my shoe out? Out where? Why? She gently reminded me that she had already explained this Dutch/German tradition and sent me a link to Wikipedia. What fun!
In Northern Germany, Sankt Nikolaus is usually celebrated on a small scale. Many children put a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside the front door on the night of 5 December. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, 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 (Rute) in their boots instead
What fun! I love traditions. I even have a boot I could put outside. Or maybe I should use one of Bob’s. They’re bigger. I’d have to remove the cat first though. Whether you put a boot out or not, I pray that you will find comfort and joy in the traditions of the season.
ps – I posted a new contest on Saturday–Christmas Contest #4. You can enter here.