St Nicholas Day

Who is Knecht Ruprecht? St Nicholas’s Christmas-time Companion

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So much attention is showered on Krampus this time of year, that it’s surprising for many to learn that most Germans aren’t familiar with the Krampus Legend. More common throughout Germany is the Knecht Ruprecht figure. But who is Knecht Ruprecht? Is he a helper? Or a demon? And how does he fit into the […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

Who are the Companions St Nicholas Travels With?

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  On the evening of December 5th, children all over Germany leave their cleaned shoes outside the door for St Nicholas to fill with treats. While St Nicholas may be the same, the companions St Nicholas travels with change depending where you are in Germany. Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, Schwarzer Peter… even Mutter Hulla! Here is […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

The German St Nicholas Tradition- What is St Nicholas Day?

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My American friends will sometimes ask me What is St Nicholas Day? St. Nicholas (also spelled Nikolas and Nikolaus) is the Patron Saint of Children, and his Feast day is celebrated on December 6th.  The German St Nicholas Tradition is still very strong. Children put out their shoes, hoping they will be filled with goodies […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!