the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
...in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
Well, it's Nikolaustag - St. Nicholas Day, and just like every year, he arrived right on schedule with lots of treats for everyone.
When I saw this little figure, I had to get it for Mr. M because he and St. Nick bear a striking resemblance to each other. Well, maybe not the red suit, but the rest of it for sure.
I feel so lucky - how many women have a husband who looks like a 4th century bishop?
So does all this gift-giving mean that Christmas is over? Not by a long shot! This was just the preliminary round. Der Weihnachtsmann - same red suit, different guy, appears on Dec. 24 bearing yet more presents.
If you're confused by all this Christmas madness, you can go back and read last year's Nikolaus posts for some information on the different personalities that make up a German Christmas. It's all very complicated.
So Happy St. Nicholas Day! If you need me, I'll be in the living room eating all the chocolate I can get my hands on.