Knecht Ruprecht – Santa’s little Helper
Traditions – again.
On December 6th German children get a visitor: Saint Nicholas comes along to bring presents today, in former times – in this case former times are back to my childhood years – the stuff was “apples, nuts, and cookies or sweets”.
Saint Nicholas was probably a model for the figure “Santa Claus”.
In German folklore Saint Nicholas got a helper too, not a little one, more a big, dark and grumpy one.
He is called “Knecht Ruprecht” or “Knight Rupert”, as I learned today. Read more…