Mikołajki: the 6th of December, Saint Nicholas Day

Tonight thousands of Polish children and adults had really hard time sleeping. Why? They were anxiously waiting for the morning!

Mikołajki - St Nicholas Day in Poland
According to Polish tradition tonight Święty Mikołaj (Santa Claus) visits all homes leaving small gifts in shoes, stockings or under pillows. But be aware! If you were naughty, you can expect nothing else than rózga - a twig!

This tradition exists in Poland since the 18th century, however at that time children used to get apples, little wooden crosses, etc. It reminded everyone that Christmas are coming in 3 weeks. However, the Polish name Mikołajki was created during the communism time to give this tradition more secular dimension. Nowadays this holiday is just another great opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family.

And how about you? Have you been naughty or nice this year? :-)