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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Implementing German Christmas Traditions

As many of you know, Brian's mom is German, so Brian grew up with lots of German influence. Well, we thought it was time that we start implementing some of the German Christmas traditions this year. I mean...Caleb is now 5, so it's probably past time. LOL! I'm sure Omi will be pleased when she reads this...

Here's one of the traditions that we implemented this year and we will continue to do year after year: As in many other European countries, on the eve of Dec. 6th children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace. During the night, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, hops from house to house carrying a book of sins in which all of the misdeeds of the children are written. If they have been good, he fills the shoe or boot with delicious holiday edibles. If they have not been good, their shoe is filled with twigs. (I wonder how many actually got twigs...hmmmm).

So, last night, Caleb put his boots out for St. Nicholas. He put one out for Micah as well since Micah doesn't have any shoes yet. And -- I guess they will be getting more presents for Christmas because St. Nicholas left them some surprises. As you can tell from the pictures, Micah really enjoyed his gifts. Caleb did, too, but for some reason...he didn't have a happy look on his face. I forget what he was fussing about, but oh well...you get the point.

Enjoy and maybe you can implement this idea next year. Besides, I'm sure your children would LOVE it. LOL!

The loot that St. Nicholas left for the boys.

Micah exploring his new toy.

Caleb with his chocolate candy...just what he needs...LOL!

Caleb looking at his stuff, and Micah decides he wants it, too.This is the sour-face I was referring to...no clue what had happened.


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