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by Kikis de la Creme, December 3, 2014
This Saturday, December 6th, is Nikolaus` Day in Germany. Although this is not a public holiday, it is taken rather serious, and kids and adults make an effort to celebrate this occasion.
Here I like to explain a little bit the difference between Saint Nikolaus and Santa Claus. Saint Nikolaus came from a very rich family in Turkey. At the age of 16, his parents died and his life changed completely. He felt quite uncomfortable just living a luxury life and started to help poor people. Wherever he went he shared some of his fortune. Later on Nikolaus decided to become a priest and was consecrate to bishop. Sharing, counseling and helping poor people had become his life mission. Important is to mention that his clothing was also different. He has the bishop clothing holding a crosier, the ring and the miter (mitre). Santa Claus on the other hand is now the modern and very commercial version.
It starts the night before December 6th, when kids shine their boots and put them in front of their bedroom doors. According to folklore, St. Nikolaus will appear overnight and put little gifts into their boots if they have been `good` throughout the year. `Bad` kids will only receive a bunch of twigs (a birch). Traditional St. Nikolaus gifts include apples, oranges, Christmas cookies, specially wrapped candy, and small toys.
There is also an alternative to shoe shining: red “Nikolausstiefel” (Santa boots) made out of plastic, which are sold in all major German grocery stores.They are available empty, or filled with candy. St. Nikolaus is said to resemble Santa Claus, hence the red and fur-trimmed boots (usually cotton). December 6th, is an important date, actually some companies choose this date to hold their annual Christmas party. St. Nikolaus, however, does not make a personal appearance on this day, and kids have to wait until Christmas Eve to see `a real Santa’.
Nikolaus Day (Santa’s Day) on December 6th – for me as Numerologist – this day “6” is very special and fit’s perfectly to Nikolaus (Santa’s) background. The number six focuses on family, home, sharing, taking care, being in harmony… This 2014 , December 6th is a Saturday and invites to stay at home and plan some activities with family and friends.
The author: Kikis de la Creme is a philosopher by career. She worked many years in Automotive Industry. Nowadays she has the privilege to work as a consulter, healer (Reiki, reflexology, Bach Flowers, Essences), a professional certified Tarotist and Numerologist and… a baker by accident In all consultations Kikis de la Creme combines numerology, metaphysical disciplines of Tarot /Lenormand cards and astrology. For online readings, long distances healings or complete numerology studies, please contact her via :www.tacitadecafe.net mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Kikis de la Creme Chat Twitter: @Kikisdelacreme Blog: kikisdelacreme.wordpress.com