St Nicholas Day is a children's holiday celebrated on December 6th throughout much of northern Europe. It is celebrated in memory of Saint Nicholas who was known for his generosity and gave treats to poor children around Christmas Time. On the night of December 5, kids leave their shoes out for St Nick. If they have been good, they will wake to find little presents St Nick has left in their shoes. Often these presents are candy, or small toys.
My family has never celebrated St Nicholas Day before, (and neither has the vast majority of Americans from what I can tell), but we did this year. On December 5th my kids left their shoes out, and the hope that I would fill their shoes with treats if they were good (they were).