My Dad was raised in Germany and always celebrated St. Nicholas Day on December 6th.
I made him this card, back when we had a German Shepherd named Thumper, and before I fell in love with Border Collies.
The European tradition he grew up with is for children to put out their shoes on the night of December 5th and for St Nicholas to leave a small gift in them overnight.
As children my sister and I did not put our own shoes out, but we would put a gift into one of our daddy’s big shoes.
He loved candy, so it was easy to please him. KitKat Bars were his favorites.
In 1986, I visited China. In a street stall in Beijing I bought a red satin hat trimmed with sequins and rabbit fur. It looked just like Santa’s hat, only exotic.
Here is how it appeared in a postcard I painted while still in China.
Nowadays I keep it safely stored for most of the year, but bring it out at Christmastime and wear it pretty much non-stop for a few weeks, especially to paint in.
Happy St. Nicholas Day, Klaus!