6. Dezember Nikolaus Tag

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The merciful and Holy Nikolaus on December 6th

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The story of St. Nikolaus on December 6 revolves around the legendary figure of St. Nikolaus of Myra, a bishop who lived in the third century in what is now Turkey. St. Nikolaus became well-known for his acts of kindness and generosity, especially towards those in need.

On the night of December 5th, children put out their shoes hoping to find some sweets in the morning. Oranges and chocolate coins have been traditional treats for December 6th, St. Nikolaus Day, as they serve as reminders of St. Nikolaus generosity.

St. Nikolaus of Myra, the Bishop in ancient Turkey, lived during the third century. Many legends surround his life, including stories of him helping those in distress, such as sailors facing shipwrecks. St. Nikolaus became the patron saint of seafarers and merchants and even earned the title of the patron saint of the Hanseatic League.

One famous story recounts how Nikolaus secretly threw gold coins through the window to a family in need. This act laid the foundation for the myth of a compassionate helper and protector who anonymously performs acts of kindness at night and gives gifts to children. From the 12th century onward, people began celebrating the feast of St. Nikolaus on December 6th, exchanging gifts during this occasion.

In southern Germany, St. Nikolaus is often depicted in traditional bishop’s attire with a staff and miter, the high bishop’s hat. In the north, however, the prevailing image is of Nikolaus as a cozy old man with a white beard and a thick red coat, resembling that of Santa Claus.