|Frohe Weihnachten! Hi, it’s Amber, back to bring you Day 6 of our 12 days of Christmas and Holiday Cheer and it’s a day full of goodies! How about a Challenge with Prizes? An awesome special offer and an AnnaAspnes storewide sale? Got your attention? I thought so! About that sale: let’s give a big thank-you to Anna Aspnes who is ready to cheer up your day with a 20% Storewide Flash Sale! Today only! In addition to that, she is offering a free with purchase add-on teaser to her ArtPlay Palette Santa Nicholas! Why? Read on and find out!Join me today, as we take a look at Santas around the world in honor of Nikolaustag, or St. Nick’s Day!Santa Claus is derived from Sinterklaas (Dutch), or St. Nicholas, who was a Greek Bishop of Myra (modern day Turkey) in the 4th Century AD. He gained a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as leaving coins in the shoes people left out for him, and became the model for Santa Claus. December 6th is his name-day and therefore the day celebrating him in many European Countries. In Germany, for example, he visits the evening of Dec. 5th and leaves gifts to be found on the morning of Dec. 6th (as long as you leave out your shoes!) As a bishop, he wore a Bishop’s Hat, golden Robes and had a white beard.
So how did Sinterklaas become Santa Claus? Word has it, the tradition of Sinterklaas was reinvited by a former Dutch colonial town who wanted a symbol of the city’s non-English past. In 1810, John Pintard published a pamphlet with illustrations where he calls for Saint Nicholas to be made the patron Saint of New York and to start a Sinterklaas tradition. His pamphlet included an old Dutch Sinterklaas poem in which Sinterklaas was referred to as “Sancta Claus”. Two years later, John Irving wrote his famous poem: The Night Before Christmas: where Santa Claus was first born as a red-suited, rosy-cheeked, Jolly old elf! Ultimately, Pintard’s initiative helped morph Sinterklaas into Santa Claus, but freed of his Bishop’s Robes. Source: Wikipedia
Sinterklaas visits children in the Netherlands, de Kerstman or le Père Noël comes bearing gifts for children in Belgium on Christmas day, Tomte comes to Scandanavian households, Papai Noel is known in Brazil, Mikulás comes to Hungarian Children, Croatian children expect a visit from Sveti_Nikola, Kleeschen comes to children in Luxembourg, in Slovenia, Miklavž comes with an angel and a devil (Krampus), Italy boasts Babbo Natale & La Befana & in Russia Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) comes visiting!
Here in Germany, it was nearly impossible to get my kids out the door and into Kindergarten this morning because der Nikoläusi (as they call him) stopped by and filled their stockings! What? Stockings? Yah, we’re half American, have to get as much use out of those Christmas Stockings as possible! Normally though, kids leave out a plate or a shoe/boot for Nikolaus on the evening of the 5th. Nikolaustag gets streched out for a few weeks in Germany, as Nikolaus comes to visit kids in their schools, Kindergartens and at the Christmas Markets. When he comes to our local market, he is accompanied by Krampus (known as Knecht Ruprecht in the rest of Germany), who is dressed all in black and carries switches for the naughty boys and girls
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To celebrate Nikolaustag, and Santas around the World, Anna Aspnes is offering an awesome free with $15 or more purchase Add-on Teaser to her Artplay Palette Santa Nicholas! She calls it a Teaser, but this add-on is a whole kit in itself, what a steal!
Here’s an example for you:
A challenge wouldn’t truly be a challenge without prizes, would it now? And I have 2 prizes for 2 random participants of this challenge: a $5 coupon to Lydia Designs and a $5 Coupon to Merkeley Designs! Please scrap your challenge layout using 80% Oscraps products and upload it to the Holiday Forum & the Special O-Vents Galleryby December 31st.
What are you waiting for? Go scrap! Until then, see you tomorrow!