Good children receive treats – candies, cookies, apples and nuts – while naughty children receive lumps of coal. In Germany, children still put a shoe outside their bedroom doors on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, and hope to find candy, coins and maybe a small gift in them on Dec. 6. In the Netherlands, children put their shoes in front of their chimneys in hopes of finding chocolate or a small toy in their shoe when they wake.
Can I just say ewwww? Candy and cookies left in stinky shoes? No thank you. I will stick with our traditions that don’t involve making me gag.
Regardless, celebrate however you like but if you ask me if I’d like a piece of candy, I may think twice!
R. K. Avery