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Today is Nikolaus Day!

Today, Nikolaus Day, is an important day for children. On this day, Saint Nikolaus is said to make his way through town. Millions of children will place a boot, stocking, or plate outside their front doors so Saint Nikolaus can fill them with goodies as he passes by. Children that were nice throughout the year receive nuts, fruits,cookies, chocolates, candy, and/or small presents. Children that weren't nice get a tree branch instead.

The origins of Nikolaus can be traced to the 4th century Bishop Nikolaus von Myra, who lived in Asia Minor (Southern Turkey) and died on December 6th. Bishop Nikolaus dedicated his life to helping people and children in need and became known for his kindness and good deeds. 

strong>Bratäpfel (baked Apples) are a traditional dessert on this day. The baked apples symbolize both Nikolaus' generosity and the bags of gifts that he gave to the poor.

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