St Nicholas Day: December 6th

St Nicholas' Day is an observance of European origin that is celebrated in some American communities on December 6

The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins into other people's shoes, which accounts for many of today's Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots.

In Europe, especially in "Germany and PolandIn Ukraine, children wait for St. Nicholas to come and to put a present under their pillows provided that the children were good during the year. Children who behaved badly may expect to find a twig or a piece of coal under their pillows. In the Netherlands, "Dutch children put out a clog filled with hay and a carrot for Saint Nicholas' horse. On Saint Nicholas' Day, gifts are tagged with personal humorous rhymes written by the sender., boys would dress as bishops begging alms for the poor.  While here, in the United States, our custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day isto have children leaving their shoes in the the hall on Saint Nicholas Eve.  What the child receives the morning of December 6th depends on the family. 

Treats given on Saint Nicks Day Include: candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit.  Some families give the annual ornament at that time. 

St. Nicholas is referred to by many names throughout Europe such as Sinterklaas in the Netherlands or Nikolaus in Germany.