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On the night of December 5, St Nicholas Day (Nikolaustag in German), is celebrated by having kids put their shoes outside the door.
(Grandma party) A new tradition ~ instruct your children to place their empty boots or shoes by a door or windowsill on the night before St. Nicholas Day (December 5). While they are sleep, fill each with sweet treats and trinkets. When they awake the next morning, your kids will be amazed to find these special goodies.
This reminds me so much of my Dutch Grandmother. Every Christmas, along with gifts, she gives the grandchildren gold chocolate coins, and a pomegranate to break open and share. Not to mention the fact that she and my Grandfather each have a pair of Dutch shoes they bought in Holland that sit side by side in front of their fireplace. ♥