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Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 2:27 am

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

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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 3:00 am


So did I ! Am just enjoying my After Eight Chocolate Nicolaus. Thank you.
 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 7:56 am

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

Froliche St. Nickolas Tag!
 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 8:05 am

Today in German class, the teacher passed out candy.

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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 8:31 am

In French our teacher gave us candy canes.
 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 8:31 am

Do Sweeds celebrate it too?
 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 5:42 pm

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).


 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 7:47 pm

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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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 9:22 pm

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 ?

 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 10:10 pm


Of course we get candy here in Germany on St. Nicolaus day.
 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 10:50 pm

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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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 11:01 pm

<< 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).
 
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RE: Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

Fri Dec 07, 2001 11:21 pm


Sebolino  Big thumbs up !

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