Tag Archives: St. Nicholas

Pere Noel

The Legend & Lore of Pére Noël

In France and other French speaking areas, Pére Noël (Father Christmas) is the traditional gift giver. Although originally Pére Noël was depicted wearing a long robe and holding a wicker basket, he is now dressed in a very similar fashion to the American Santa Claus. READ MORE »

Christkindl

The Legend & Lore of Christkindl

The Christkindl (Christ Child) figure, as a gift giver, was introduced by Martin Luther in Germany during the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Because the doctrine of the reformation believed that praying to Saints was idol worship, the gift giver, St. Nicholas was replaced READ MORE »

Zwarte Piet

The Legend & Lore of Zwarte Piet

In Holland, Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) is the assistant to Sinter Klaas and is part of the annual feast of St. Nicholas on Sinterklaasavond, the evening of December 5th. Zwarte Piet is dressed in an elaborate Renaissance costume and traditional believed to be a Moor READ MORE »

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Christmas Traditions: France

Christmas traditions don't just change from family to family, but depending on where these traditions were formed, they have a historical representation that might be much differently than you would think. In Northern France, for instance, St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th. Children READ MORE »