Nikolaus vs. Santa Claus

Why the German Nikolaus is not Santa Claus

Even though the Christmas traditions on both sides of the Atlantic feature a certain white-bearded man with a red coat, there are subtle differences in the way Americans and Germans commemorate Saint Nicholas. While the historic figure ofNicholas of Myra mutated to become Santa Claus in the Anglo-American world, most Germans call him Nikolaus. And the traditions that go with it are quite different, too.

For many German kids this past weekend marked the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season. Sure, the adults think the first Advent Sunday is the kick-off. But for the children it’s Nikolaus that counts because they finally get some gifts. Here is how it works:

Read the rest of this story at Chattarati.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s