How To Celebrate St. Nikolaus Tag


St. Nikolaus Tag (St. Nicholas Day) is a German holiday that takes place on December 6th and brings in the start of the Christmas season. Now you can celebrate it too with these traditions.


The primary tradition of St. Nikolaus Tag is leaving out shoes the night before. The story says that during the night, an elf (or St. Nikolaus himself) would come and put treats in your shoes if you were good, and rocks if you were bad. The treats usually consist of chocolate, oranges and other fruits, and maybe a small toy. It’s similar to what you’d find in your stocking, just a few weeks earlier and in your shoes instead.


Kaffeeklatsch is similar to tea time. It is at around 3-4 pm and is a time to gather around, have coffee and cakes, and enjoy the company of others.

Bunten Teller

A bunten teller is a decorated plate filled with chocolate, cookies, cakes, and other goodies. We would decorate our own plates in my family as a part of the fun, and all you really need is paper plates and some crafts supplies.

What are you holiday traditions? Let me know below.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. kimfit15 says:

    LOVE this tradition…I have German heritage and wish I had started this tradition when my son was younger:)


  2. Sarah Green says:

    We’re doing a “Holiday’s Around The World” unit in our homeschool, I’m definitely going to incorporate some of these in our Germany lesson, thanks for sharing!


  3. I want to start doing this when I get my own family! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤


  4. candacet16 says:

    My kiddos learned about this in school this year so we left our our shoes. Very fun!


  5. candacet16 says:

    My son learned this at school this year so we left out our shoes. So fun!


  6. How awesome! Thanks for sharing more on St. Nikolaus. I love the shoe tradition.


  7. Claire says:

    What cute ideas! A great tradition to have!


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