St Nicholas Day
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St Nicholas Day

07/12/2011

Going into Roedean’s Horizons cafe yesterday you would easily have been forgiven for thinking that you were in Germany.  The cafe tables were set up in festive style with plates of lovely German Christmas treats and there was an audible amount of German banter from Head of German, Mrs Hazel Heron and her class.

For British kids, the 6 December most probably means little more than popping another chocolate out of the advent calendar on the countdown to Christmas. However, for many children across Europe this date is St Nicholas’ Day and nearly as exciting as Christmas itself.

As well as decorations and treats, Mrs Heron had compiled fact sheets of all there is to know about what happens in Germany. For example, on this day St Nicholas comes to deliver treats to the good little boys and girls including toys, chocolates, biscuits, oranges, nuts and marzipan.

Unlike Santa Claus, St Nicholas is a real figure and is who Santa is based upon. St Nicholas is believed to have been born around 260AD and after his death a series of legends have sprung up about his beneficence which over the centuries have transformed him into Father Christmas. For more info click here.

 

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