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Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby LVG1 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:05 pm

December 6—Saint Nicholas' Day

In Germany, this day is commemorated with little gifts (mainly candy) for children put into their shoes (only if perfectly polished) in the night before.

What is it like in America (and other regions represented here)?
Do you also celebrate this day? If so, how do you celebrate it? Are there differences between the various regions in the US and Canada?
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:42 pm

As far as I know, we don't have this day in US.
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby krokodil » Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:22 pm

This is completely mixed up on both sides of the big lake. The Christmas present in US comes from Santa (Ni-) Claus. While the do not celebrate the Nicholaus day at all.

I was today with English and American guys on the special Nicholaus train Germany - and we saw there the Nicholaus and also some angels. They did not understand the story....... :-)
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby CN-TT » Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:01 pm

While changing the TV channels I got stuck on a canadian TV station showing "The 110th annual Santa Claus Parade" although the actual parade was NOVEMBER 16th in Toronto. So, there is some kind of a tradition I guess. :angel:
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby dileTTante » Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:59 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_S ... aus_Parade

I've never heard of this and I've lived in Canada more than 40 years, but in Vancouver not Toronto. It appears to be a tradition only in Toronto and appears to be an effort to encourage shopping for Christmas, similar to Black Friday in U.S. Until recently the main shopping extravaganza in English Canada was Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby dileTTante » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:25 pm

It looks like I've been missing a lot ---
More than 300,000 are expected to attend the 11th annual Rogers Santa Claus parade which gets underway this afternoon at 1 p.m. PT in downtown Vancouver.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... -1.2863589
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby CN-TT » Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:14 pm

Damn, I missed that one :lol:
But the Vancouver Christmas Market is still open. And it's pretty nice there :thumbup: Very good food and delicious "Glühwein" and "Feuerzangenbowle" :wink:
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:55 pm

Is one of those haggis? :smile:
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby CN-TT » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:03 pm

Unfortunately no haggis! But delicious hot liquids for adults!!! :thumbup:
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Re: Saint Nicholas' Day

Postby Christtking » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:43 pm

I remember celebrating that in Romania when I was a kid. Here in Colorado people do not celebrate that. Only the Hispanics. Here in the States the stores are all decorated with Christmas stuff in October. We don't even celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving yet and the retailers are pushing (forcing) us to celebrate and buy stuff we don't really need 2-3 months before Christmas. All we need to buy is TT scale trains!
In Romania I remember youngsters would clean or polish their boots or shoes on that day and place them by the chimney or any door or under a window and when they would wake up in the morning, they would find a little toy or some fruits, or nuts, or chocolate inside them, something to make them happy!
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