St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day or St. Nikolaus Tag was a tradition we celebrated in my family that I always looked forward to.  St.  Nicholas was the patron Saint of children and was known for secretly putting coins in the shoes of people who left them out for him.  In the Netherlands he is called Sinterklaas, and this is where the model for Santa Claus came.

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated by placing your shoe by the fireplace or in front of your door on the evening of the 5th of December (I always made sure to find the largest shoe I owned).  If you were a good little girl or boy throughout the entire year, the morning of the 6th you received toys and treats.  If you were naughty you received twigs and maybe a chastising letter.

In my family with my small children I love to continue this tradition.

Here’s what St. Nicholas is giving my children this year:

Maja was a good girl this year and she will receive a new pair of Christmas pajamas,  a St. Nicholas and an angel playmobile figure, and a chocolate St. Nicholas.

Henrik was also a good boy this year and he will receive a new pair of Christmas pajamas,  a St. Nicholas and a snowman playmobile figure, and a chocolate St. Nicholas.

This year I’m sad that I will miss St. Nicholas Day with my children (I’m celebrating it in Germany!).  I’ve made sure that the babysitter understands how to celebrate the tradition, so that my children can enjoy it in my absence.  This is particularly comforting for me since it was so hard to leave them.  It’s nice to know they have fun things to look forward to while I’m gone.

I can just picture the look of excitement on their faces the morning of the 6th (Henrik did a pretty good job role playing this for me in the picture above).

It’s not too late to try this tradition in your family as well.  Do you have any special Christmas traditions you celebrate in your family?  If so I’d love to hear them.




  1. I love that you celebrate St. Nicholas! We used to celebrate it too when we were kids but I’ve almost forgotten about it through the years. Maybe its time to rekindle this tradition though with Johannes. And it just so happens that I have a few special goodies purchased that would fit quite nicely in his rain boots! also…we have the same tiny toms with the warm lining and just LOVE them! super cute and super practical too

  2. you inspired me! Thanks! We are doing this tonight for the first time!

    • admin:

      Rachel, you’re so sweet. You inspire me!

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