My DC are busy polishing their boots now. They have been super-excited all day. We have stockings from Father Christmas on Christmas Eve too, so St Nicholas won't bring much - apple, nuts, chocolates, and our new tradition of a Christmas jumper.
Anyone else? We leave our boots at the front door, so I might have to run down and put them out first thing in the morning - bit worried about them either being stolen or eaten by foxes (do foxes like chocolate and nuts?)
Brilliant name - did you change it for this evening? Our first year living in Berlin when the children were tiny, I knew nothing about St Nicholas. On the morning of the 6th I came downstairs and should see something hanging outside the front door on the handle through the glass. I opened the door and there was a huge sack full of toys and sweets for the kids - I literally had no idea where it had come from. It still gives me goose bumps thinking of it now - there was a light dusting of snow on the ground and I truly felt as though Santa had been. Later that day our neighbour came round and said he and his wife had left it for the kids as they didn't think we'd know about St Nicholas! It's my favourite ever Christmas memory. Love Germany, love the Germans - still miss it, especially at Christmas.
Here! (Belgium) Although we do have stockings at Christmas too! And dd is older now so it is more symbolic than anything; just a few books and clothes along with speculoos biscuits, tangerines and a few chocolates in her boots!
No! Sinterklaas came this afternoon, shoes have been out for the last week, and this morning had chocolate letters in. Dcs are 15, 12 and 10, and we were firmly told that Sinterklaas STILL has to come in person
peekaboo - dh has this wonderful sinterklaas costume, made by his sister. As my youngest is now 10, it is looking like it is almost in its last year. he recently said that maybe he could be sinterklaas for any other Dutch kids living in our area. Then he suggested that dcs coudl black up and be zwarte piet. He really couldn't understand why I said no, not ever, not in uk. What, not even for Dutch families? Umm, no.
Here too, but the tradition I grew up with (northern Germany) is a plate under the bed so that's what the kids put out. He frequently brings new slippers in our house though so you still get the boots...