This morning I was sleeping, dreaming about The Nutcracker. All of a sudden, I woke up and remembered! Today is Sankt Nikolaus Tag, or in English, Saint Nicolas Day! My grandfather's name is Nicolas and he always celebrates Sankt Nikolaus Tag. In this holiday, German kids will leave their shoes by the front door and Sankt Nikolaus will fill them with toys or candy. In our family, we leave our shoes by our beds because people will steal them if we leave them outside the door!
I got up, being careful not to look down at our shoes, and found Violet. She was fast asleep too!
I shook Violet awake and reminded her why we had to wake up so early. "Oh yes!" said Violet. "That's why we sang that German carol last night!" Every year on December 5, we sing a special carol called Lasst Uns Froh Und Munter Sein. The verses end with "bald ist Nikolausabend da!" The lyrics mean "Soon St. Nikolaus Eve will be here." I really like the song. Violet loves to travel and learn new languages, so we had lots of fun as she learned the words.
It was time to see what Sankt Nikolaus left me! Oh my, it was a Squishable red fox!! I had just gotten the arctic fox for my birthday so now I had both kinds of foxes. Yay! What did Violet get?
Violet had received a Squishable red panda! I know she loves mine; I'm so glad she got one of her own!
We were both so happy St. Nicolas decided to stop by our house!
Do you have any special holiday traditions? How do you like to celebrate the winter holidays?