St Nicholas Day in Western Christianity Date in the current year: December 6, 2016

St Nicholas Day in Western Christianity St Nicholas Day is the most awaited holiday by all children, if we don't take one's birthday into consideration. It's celebrated in Western Christian countries on December 6, on the day when Saint Nicholas comes to give gifts and presents to all children.

The religious feast of St Nicholas is very popular in many Western countries. It originates in the ancient times, when the Western Christians started observe the main feast of Nikolaos of Myra, the 4th-century saint from Greek, known for his miracles, including reviving of children, killed by an evil butcher.

Children in many countries believe, that St Nicholas will bring them candies and presents, that is why they leave their shoes outside the room or house on the eve of St Nicholas Day. All children who behaved good during the year indeed receive special sweets, put there by their parents. These special sweets depend of the country of origin, for instance, its spiced gingerbread biscuits and mannala in France and speculoos biscuits in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The naughty children will have a rod or a piece of coal in their shoes. And the Belgian and Dutch children believe, that if they're naughty, St Nicholas' helper Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) will put them in a sack and take to Spain.

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