Thursday, December 03, 2009

Thursday photo



No they don't. St Nick's candy goes in the shoes. Everybody knows that. Everybody.

8 comments:

John0 Juanderlust said...

I'm confused. Whose shoes?
Since when does he get candy?

class-factotum said...

Your shoes. Put your shoes out so you get candy from St Nick.

SH said...

I think this is some kind of Catholic thing. It's completely new to me. I never heard of it when I was growing up.

Anonymous Mother said...

Thanks to Wikipedia:

While feasts of Saint Nicholas are not observed nationally, cities with strong German influences like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and St. Louis celebrate St. Nick's Day on a scale similar to the German custom. On December 5, the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, each child puts one empty shoe outside their bedroom door or on a staircase before they go to sleep. The following morning of December 6, the children awake to find that St. Nick has filled their footwear with candy and small presents (if the children have been good) or coal (if not). For these children, the relationship between St. Nick and Santa Claus is not clearly defined, although St. Nick is usually explained to be a helper of Santa. The tradition of St. Nick's Day is firmly established in the Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis communities, with parents often continuing to observe the day with their adult children. Widespread adoption of observing the tradition has spread among the German, Polish, Belgian and Dutch communities throughout Wisconsin, and is carried out through modern times.

class-factotum said...

Right now, I'd rather have coal than candy. Our heating bills are outrageous.

Tam said...

No CF, you put your shoes out so that the Reyes Magos can give you candy. :)

class-factotum said...

Tam, that's on January sixth! That's the second candy opportunity! I say take them all.

Marta said...

God bless those Germanic tribes and their traditions that involve candy.