tger greenhaddock: Der Nikolaus ist da!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Der Nikolaus ist da!

The Nikolaus arrived last night bearing presents. He's a sort of Santa Claus/Father Christmas type of chap, who comes on December 6th and give you presents, he comes back on the 24th and gives you more presents. This is very cool if you are a kid (or even a grown up kid). All you have to do is place some boots/shoes outside your door and Nikolaus comes along in the dark of night and fills them with presents (there's a joke in there somewhere).

Nikolaus brought us all chocolate and sweets, but also a family membership for Werder Bremen football club. The juniorette also got a CD and and Mrs Haddock and I some wine. I got to say this about Mr Nikolaus he knows what presents to bring.

Of course depending on who you speak to here in Germany when he returns on the 24th he is known as the Weihnachtsmann (Christmas man) or Christkind (Christ child), but its the same person in my book, and I think he is a little bit sadistic, because children in Germany get to open their presents late afternoon on the 24th December. Then after a couple of hours of playing with their toys they have to go to bed. How torturous is that for a child! - At least with the anglicised Father Christmas the kiddies open their presents on the 25th and get all day to play with them.

12 Comments:

Anonymous ruth said...

but at least german kids get to open their presents earlier!

where i came from, kids have to wait til MIDNIGHT of 24th! now that's what i'd call mean! :D

December 06, 2005 10:44 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Wow, Nikolaus was really good to you all. We had a visit too and everyone is happy. I also think German Christmas is mean! We spread it out over Nikolaus, the 24th AND the 25th when the Canadian Santa Claus brings the gifts.

December 06, 2005 11:06 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

Samichlaus will be coming to Mr. Mac's place of employment today and forking over some cash! How cool is that?

We'll be using it wisely and heading out for Chinese dinner, on Samichlaus and Schmutzli!

December 06, 2005 11:50 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Ruth - waiting for midnight really is tough. How many kids fall asleep when opening their presents? :)

Christina - That's a great idea to spread Xmas

Ms Mac - Samichlaus sound dead cool. I like the cash bit. I wonder if he brings beer as well :)
Enjoy the meal!

December 06, 2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger In Actual Fact said...

Yes but take a German to the Anglo world that they don't get any presents on the evening of the 24th.....

And "family membership for Werder Bremen football club" I take it you've all been behaving very badly to deserve that!

December 06, 2005 6:01 PM  
Blogger Rocky said...

Very informative post. Wow, that's a great "appetizer" for Christmas. Maybe we need to follow the German custom in our household.

December 06, 2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger PapaScott said...

Werder Bremen? Could have been worse, could have been Bayern München...

December 06, 2005 6:43 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Everyone knows Nikolaus loves Bayern-München best. ;)

Sounds like y'all had a fun day there.

December 07, 2005 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Red Baron said...

Ah yes I remember German exchanges in Munich and getting sweets in your slippers in the morning, that was quality.

If I go back to see my Ma at Christmas time we tend to make more of a thing on Christmas eve both of us having lived abroad for a while. This year tho' I pick the kids up on Boxing day so they'll get multiple Christmas'

Frohes Fest und alles, Guten Rutsch usw.

December 07, 2005 11:04 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Inactualfact - I was very naughty, but it was a lot of fun! :)

Rocky - It's always good to have a warm up for Xmas!

Papascott - I could never support Bayern Munich - I'd rather have my toes boiled in oil :)

Dixie - Nickolaus needs his toes boiling in oil! :)

Red Baron - Danke, Fohes Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch für dich ins neue jahr

December 07, 2005 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Santa looked like a Gooner & after seeing last nights Champions League results, Man Utd out, I think I was right. With a bit of luck Arsenal will get drawn against Werder & so be able to play their youth team & slip quietly into the last eight.

December 08, 2005 7:45 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Nonnie Mouse - Werder had to pull off a minor miracle to win. A game against the Gooners would be excellant. I'd be up for a trip to the Weser Stadium. :)

December 08, 2005 9:32 AM  

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