The German Sankt Nikolaus Tradition!

Lasst uns froh und munter sein

Year 9 pupils have been learning about a variety of festivals this term that take place in Germany and German speaking countries.  Some derived from religion, others from fables and some from simply getting together as a community. Our pupils discovered that Germans never miss an opportunity to celebrate, with a different tradition taking place every month!

One of these traditions happened through the night from the 5th to the 6th December. In small communities in Austria and the Catholic regions of Germany, a man dressed as der Heilige Nikolaus (Saint Nicholas) goes from house to house to bring small gifts to the children. He is also followed by  Krampus, who is a horned anthropomorphic figure described as ‘half-goat, half-demon’. Krampus is said to punish children who have misbehaved, and he usually delivers them sticks.

Children from Years 9, 10, and 11 who had left their boot outside their bedroom door were rewarded by a visit from Sankt Nikolaus and Krampus, and shared their findings in the morning to the rest of the class. For those who had forgotten, luckily for them Sankt Nikolaus dropped these off to Mrs Koehler-Lewis and Miss Schön who were able to pass these to the students!


V Koehler-Lewis


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