Today, Germans observe “Nikolaustag,” or Santa Claus Day. Traditionally, on the night of Dec. 5, children place their boots outside their rooms to have them filled by Santa Claus with candy, cookies, nuts, oranges and little gifts during the night.
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Everyone knows Santa is a busy guy. He spends all year preparing sweets and toys for lucky boys and girls. Then, on Christmas, he visits little children all over the world, bringing them gifts as praise for being good that year.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Bari, Italy, on Dec. 6, be sure to swing by and pay tribute to the remains of Saint Nicholas — not to be confused with Santa Claus, who is most certainly alive and well and won’t be leaving home this year until Dec. 24.
Children all over the world are counting the days until Santa Claus makes his big appearance. But more importantly, they all know he is watching. Santa sees everything.
Many Americans don’t wait around for Black Friday deals to make the most of their Christmas gift-giving budget. Whether you shop locally or order from the Internet, this is the time of year to hunt down the perfect gift and ship off the best packages to family and friends in the states.