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St. Nicholas Day

Definition: In fourth-century Turkey there was a generous bishop by the name of St. Nicholas, now considered to be the patron saint, or protector, of children.

In honor of St. Nicholas Dutch and German communities celebrate. The Dutch say that Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklass and his helper Zwarte Piet or Black Pete would travel by horse to homes. Children would leave out a pair of polished shoes filled with hay and carrots. If the children were good it was replaced with candy and gifts. If the children were not good, Black Pete would leave a piece of coal.

Celebrated on December 6

Elsewhere on the Web:

All About Santa Claus
The origins and traditions of Santa Claus

St. Nicholas
The story of St. Nicholas

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