December 6th – Merry Saint Nicholas Day!🙂
“Winter holidays wave a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything looks softer and more beautiful.”(Norman Vincent Peale)
N.B. Both the American “Santa Claus”, as well as the British “Father Christmas”, derive from Saint Nicholas; “Santa Claus” comes in part from the Dutch “Sinterklaas”. However, the gift offering related to these figures is associated with Christmas Day rather than Saint Nicholas Day itself.
But in Hungary, Croatia, Ukraine and Romania, children typically set their cleaned shoes on the windowsill or at the front door during the evening of Decemebr 5th. By next morning, Nikolaus – Mikulás in Hungary, or Moş Nicolae in Romania – leaves candies & small gifts, or a little stick for the naughty kids, called “nuieluşǎ” in Romanian.
I hope you’ve been good all year long, so you’ll get presents from Saint Nicky, not a stick! Meanwhile, have a nice Monday and an optimistic week, pals!😁