Nikolaustag - 6 December
6 December is traditionally celebrated as Nikolaustag, Saint Nicholas Day, in honour of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, students, merchants, archers, sailors, fishermen, pawnbrokers, thieves and the falsely accused. Saint Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, southern Anatolia, and became well known for his good deeds in the fourth century AD.
In Germany children put a plate or one of their boots in front of their bedroom door before the night from 5 to 6 Deceber and overnight it is filled with sweets and little gifts by Saint Nicholas. This custom can also be found in US cities with strong German influence like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, St. Louis or Columbus.