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Saint Nicholas, Baby Jesus and Santa Claus: Three iconic figures compete about bringing gifts to Ger

Looking into German Christmas traditions, it’s a big surprise how many of the well-known icons of English Christmas celebrations have their roots in Germany – the Christmas tree, for example, or the date of the celebrations. Gifts were traditionally brought on St Nicholas Day, the 6th of December, by a Catholic Bishop who died in 343. His day is still celebrated in Germany every year: Children are supposed to clean and polish their shoes to leave them outside, and Saint Nicholas fills them with sweets and little gifts. It is very likely that this Bishop inspired the idea of Santa Claus – an elderly gentleman with a long beard, dressed in red, carrying gifts to the children. When Martin Luthe

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