On December 5, the German holiday season begins with the celebration of Saint Nicholas.
From the Spirits of Giving Around the World Exhibit at PPG Place, Pittsburgh PA
Photo ©2000 by Albrecht & Kimberly Powell
In some parts of Germany Nikolaus, or St. Nicholas, has come to look more like Santa and Father Christmas and comes at Christmas, not St. Nicholas Day. More traditionally, however, St. Nicholas leaves gifts in the shoes of German children on December 5, or St. Nicholas Eve.