We “celebrated” St. Nicholas Day this year (December 6th). For those of you that only think (like I did) that St. Nick is another name for Santa, apparently he is another reason to get gifts. It has some similarities. You leave out your shoes by the door and St. Nicholas puts treats, candy, fruit or coal in my case in them. I guess that stockings or socks work as well.
Amanda cut material and made stockings. Four of them. One for each human, one for the dog, and even one for our fish. She really likes this holiday.
While reading about St. Nicholas Day, I also learned of Krampus.
He is the Yin to the Yang, the dark to the light, the evil to the good. According to the best source for facts on the internet:
Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.
This was the best way to prepare myself for the best movie of the season.