Living this old german tradition, which goes back to Nikolaos of Myra.In Germany, Nikolaus is usually celebrated on a small scale. Many children put a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside the front door on the night of 5 December. Nikolaus fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful the last year. If they were not, they will have a tree branch (Rute) in their boots instead. Sometimes a disguised Nikolaus also visits the children at school or in their homes and asks them if they have been good (sometimes ostensibly checking his golden book for their record), handing out presents on a per-behavior basis. This has become more lenient in recent decades.
Alex and Bert cleaned Oli’s old navy boots and Luka had to use his rainboots. (good old Nikolaus did not forget Oli – look on far right)

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2 Responses to “Nikolaus”

  1. Ralf says:

    unglaublich, dass du deine alten Seestiefel noch hast und sehen ja immer noch gut aus!!! meine sind schon lange weg, nur die Kampfstiefel habe ich noch! .. für das ein oder andere Metal-Konzert!

    • condesaoli says:

      Die Knobelbecher gibt es noch. Meine Kampfstiefel habe ich aber noch lange benutzt und dann irgendwann entsorgt. Knobelbecher kommen aber nur noch fuer Nikolaus zum Einsatz, oder wenn ich in den Regen muss.

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