Slovakia is where I was born and lived until I was 13 when my parents come to this country. Today in Slovakia is Saint Nicholas Day - a pagan festival for children.
Saint Nicholas had a reputation for secret gift-giving such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa-Claus. Saint Nicholas was a Greek saint that lived from early 1400s to late 1500s. It is now a tradition for people to give small gifts to celebrate the day.
Picture courtesy of Andrea Singarella
Nowadays, in Eastern Europe, a lot of countries celebrate this day by making the 6th December a festival for children. Children leave their cleaned, brushed and polished boots and shoes by the window or door hoping for Saint Nicholas to bring them tasty treats.
Today I went around the office offering delicacies for my colleagues. Most of them didn’t have a clue why I was giving away free treats.... It was all understood, once I explained the national tradition on Saint Nicholas Day in Slovakia.