In the spirit of Christmas and our German heritage, we rang in the season on the Eve of Sankt Nikolaus, known in Germany and other German speaking areas in Europe (see below).
Joining us were many businesses, local families, Father Eric, the PW Football team - Track team - Band - Pirate Pete, to mention a few. The parade culminated at the historical society building where the first ever town tree lit up the night.
Thanks to all who came out for the community spirit, goodies, and cheer. Thanks to our planners and participants, as well.
"Nikolaustag – 6. Dezember
On the night of December 5 (in some places, the evening of Dec. 6), in small communities in the Catholic regions of Germany, a man dressed as St. Nicholas, who resembles a bishop and carries a staff, goes from house to house to bring small gifts to the children. Accompanying him is a ragged looking, devil-like Krampus, who carries a stick and mildly scares the children. Krampus only teases the children with it, while St. Nicholas hands out small gifts to the children... In some places, children still leave their shoes by the window or the door on the night of Dec. 5. They awaken the next day (Dec. 6) to discover small gifts and goodies stuffed into the shoes." (credit H. Flippo & Sons Publishing, German-way.com)
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