When they go to bed on the night of the 5th December, German children leave their boots by the door. In the night, Sankt Nikolaus stops by and stuffs little gifts and sweets into the shoes.
Though, all along, we were keen to start following the St. Nik tradition with Bo, we didn't want it to detract from our family's Christmas stocking tradition. When I was younger, I LOVED opening my stocking pressies on Christmas morning! I'd drag my stocking into my parents' room (before even going downstairs to spy on my 'big' presents under the tree), wake them up, climb into their bed, and start unwrapping. The presents in my stocking were always just little 'bits and bobs' (things like colouring books, pencils, bubble bath, hair bands, small books and toys, sweets, and ALWAYS ALWAYS chocolate coins) - but I thought they were FANTASTIC! Because I loved my stockings so much, I want to do something similar with Bo. BUT, the sorts of things I see as stocking-fillers are exactly the same sorts of things that St. Nik brings kids over here!
SO..... we decided that St. Nik would always bring Bo JUST Christmas-related things (we were thinking decorations, baking kits, Christmas books and colouring books, christmassy outfits, christmassy craft kits, chocoltate Santas, candy canes, christmassy stationary bits). This way, he can use and enjoy his gifts in the run-up to Christmas - AND opening his St. Nik gifts will be totally different from opening his stocking gifts on Christmas morning. So, we contacted St. Nik - and he was fine with our plan!
Here's what Bo woke up to on his very first Sankt Nikolaus Tag.....
Check out his tiddly little boot:
A Santa outfit/babygrow:
A stripy reindeer top:
A stocking to hang up on Christmas Eve (mommy-made, of course):
And two christmassy dribble-bibs (also mommy-made):
Thank you, St. Nik!!!
What are your best memories of Christmas traditions from your childhood???
See you soon.....