Travel Germany and celebrate Nikolaus on 6th December

Today Germany celebrates Saint Nicholas aka Nikolaos of Myra aka Bishop of Myra. This is a really popular tradition in Germany, where the Saint is called Nikolaus. He was famous for his secret gift-giving until he died on 6th December 343 (the year of his death is not known exactly). When his parents died of the plague, Saint Nicholas inherited money and donated it to the poor. He saved several young people from poverty in his hometown of Patara in Lycia on the coast of Turkey, by secretly throwing money through their window and he helped sailors in trouble and carried out lots of good deeds.
Five young men dressed up as Santa Claus with short red bermudas and flip flops.

On the evening of December 5th, people celebrate Saint Nicholas eve, with sitting together, singing Christmas carols, and merrily eating delicacies like roast apples with raisins and marzipan. Children (and grown-ups too) leave their boots in front of their door overnight, and parents, relatives, or partners place a treat, usually chocolate, in it. On the morning of the 6th December, everyone is getting a lovely surprise. The lucky ones get enough spicy Christmas chocolate and walnuts which will last, till they get more of it on Christmas Eve.

I met these happy Santa Clauses in Melbourne, Australia (I hope this is the plural of Santa Claus). They didn't mind to end up on the internet at all -  I asked for permission when I took their photo.

From Berlin with love