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Happy Saint Nicolas Day!  
User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Many of you may not be aware, but today is Saint Nicolas Day. An unofficial holiday in eastern France where children get candy in their shoes, kind of like an early Christmas. So to all mes amis in France, Happy Saint Nicolas Day!  Big thumbs up Big thumbs up Big thumbs up

ILS

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User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 976 times:


So did I ! Am just enjoying my After Eight Chocolate Nicolaus. Thank you.


User currently offlineDecman From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 963 times:

I think in Germany too because we talked about it in German class today.

Froliche St. Nickolas Tag!


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 959 times:

Today in German class, the teacher passed out candy.

Continental


User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 957 times:

In French our teacher gave us candy canes.

User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 956 times:

Do Sweeds celebrate it too?

User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3675 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 954 times:

Candy ?

In Strasbourg which is on the German border (It's nearly German  Smile/happy/getting dizzy) , kids are offered eatable "Maennele" which means "little men" also called "St Nicolas". But no candies.

The "St Nicolas" day is typically German, and I don't think they have candies (I may be wrong of course).




User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 950 times:

In the Netherlands and Turkey it is a childrens' holiday as well, with packages like Christmas in Anglosaxon countries.
In Germany the many Turkish people celebrate of course.

Saint Nicholas is the same person who the English and Americans call Santa Claus, his day is 6 December (so the Americans got it wrong celebrating him on Christmas eve  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ).



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3675 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 946 times:

Yeah, I think there's a confusion between Saint Nicolas, or Saint Nicklaus or whatever you call him, and the guy in red who we call "Pere Noel" in French ("Father Christmas") and that the Americans call Santa Claus. Or perhaps it's the same character ?



User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 942 times:


Of course we get candy here in Germany on St. Nicolaus day.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 937 times:

It is all the same character. Saint Nicholas (Sankt Niklaus, Santaclaus) was bishop of Mira (in what is now Turkey).
The English name Santaclaus comes from the German "Sankt (saint) Niklaus (Nicholas)". The Germanic people were probably the first to shift his celebration from the evening of the 5th of December to the midwinter solstice.
At about the same time, the celebration of the birth of Christ was also shifting towards the midwinter solstice (originally it was somewhere in January).
The two events flowed together and Saint Nicholas became Father Christmas.

The way it is celebrated (gifsts, sweets, etc) is very similar, as is the dress of the figures (though Santaclaus had his mode of dress changed to reflect the colder northern environment he got shifted to for some reason).
Another character that is probably intertwined with Santaclaus is Father Winter, who was supposed to live in a land of eternal ice and snow (sounds familiar??).



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3675 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 937 times:

<< Of course we get candy here in Germany on St. Nicolaus day. >>

Well, I guess the alsacians wanted to mark a difference with the germans (one more time  Smile/happy/getting dizzy).


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 934 times:


Sebolino  Big thumbs up !


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