It’s that time of the year again in Poland – St Nicholas day AKA Mikolajki :). Most kids in Poland eagerly await this day (or rather the morning) – as a mini preview of the gifts that they’ll be getting for Christmas… and something to keep them happy til the 24th 🙂
I really think the tradition should move over to the UK ….. the Christmas spirit is already in the shops so why not bring in the mini gifts on the 6th of December? 🙂
So what do you do? This is the Polish equivalent of the stocking fillers (so quite happily endorsed by the retailers!), but you put the little gift(s) under the pillow of the little ones on the night from the 5th to the 6th of December. These can be little toys or sweets and when the tradition started in the 18th century, the kids back then would receive apples, ginger bread biscuits and wooden hand made crosses. Not an xbox in sight! (Wouldn’t fit under a pillow anyway…. )
So wishing all those big kids out there (yes of course I’m one of them) a very happy Mikolajki – hope Santa brings you a little gift for under your pillow tonight ….
I’m going to make some extra space under my pillow…. just in case 🙂
Happy Mikolajki!! 🙂
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