December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. In Germany, children polish their boots and put them outside, in the hopes that Nicholas will leave them a treat. Where does this tradition come from and how does St. Nicholas differ from Santa Claus?
Were your boots ready for St. Nicholas Day on December 6? DW's Sertan Sanderson explores why the saint means so much to both secular and religious people all over the world.
In Germany, St. Nicholas visits homes on December 6. It's now an integral part of the pre-Christmas tradition here. What are its origins? And who was St. Nicholas? Test your knowledge!
In Germany, St. Nicholas fills children's boots with sweets in the night of December 5 to 6. He also gets tons of fan mail.
Christmas begins in Rome with the inauguration of a giant Christmas tree and a larger-than-life Nativity scene in St Peter's Square, as part of the Vatican's seasonal traditions.
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