Why St. Nicholas puts candy in boots and steals our hearts
|Picture rom Deutsche Welle|
Before I left on a trip to visit the Christmas markets of Bavaria and Austria in mid-December, I had hoped to have time to finish a Christmas holiday blog post. Lacking packing organization, I got behind and had to put my good intentions aside. Therefore, this post is appearing after December 6, the feast of St. Nicholas, and is even late for Christmas. But the article in the blog I found for Germany's Deutsche Welle broadcasting is so much fun and so full of information that it should be spotlighted, even if read in January. There is always next year to be sure of a gift on St. Nicholas Eve and an understanding of how the saint became a kind of Santa Claus.
When I came across the above mentioned Deutsche Welle blog post, I was looking for information on what I should do to make sure St. Nicholas brought me something this year. Because of our mixture of cultures in the United States, we have no hard-and-fast rules for St. Nicholas Eve. My ancestry is German, and I found the answer I wanted about the Germanic customs - although too late.
I also learned what kind of receptical (shoe, boot, etc.) the generous saint fills in other European countries. The title of the wonderful DW article is above their blog's picture ("Why St. Nicholas puts candy in boots and steals our hearts"). The explanation is so well written that I suggest you use this URL, http://www.dw.com/en/why-st-nicholas-puts-candy-in-boots-and-stole-our-hearts/a-18889948 to read a smile-producing account of the Saint who has been awaited by children for centuries.
I wonder if St. Nicholas will forgive my blog tardiness and give me another chance to share in his generosity next year? What do you think?