A Gift from A Good Friend in Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas.

The wrapped chocolate figure of Saint Nicholas.


Do you know Saint Nicholas? Since I was a kid in Indonesia, I only knew “Sinterklas” as Saint Nicholas who always brings a lot of gifts for children on Christmas Day.

Last week, I have got a gift from colleague in class. He gave me a special gift due to Saint Nicholas day. In Germany we known “der Heilige Nikolaus” or “der Nikolaustag” that aimed to celebrate Saint Nicholas in traditionally Catholic Church over the most Catholic region, Bavarian. The characters of Saint Nicholas is identified as Santa Claus who always brings gifts to good person during Christmas season.

This custom happening in Germany is on 6th December that festives Saint Nicholas through giving a gift to good friends or colleagues. What do they give commonly? The most they give you ‘something sweet’ such as chocolate. That’s why you can find many chocolates in figure of Saint Nicholas in supermarket recently. The other options, they may give special gift that happened to me last week.

According to the legend in Bavaria, children put the wishing letter that contains something gift on their socks or shoes. They believe Saint Nicolas will respond to meet up their wishing when they behave as good kids. I have no idea that could be associated with giving a gift to good friends or colleagues.

In my paper gift, I have got a wrapped chocolate figure of Saint Nicholas and novel in Deutsch word. I figured out this good friend really known that I am still learning deutsch as Germany language. Unfortunatelly, I didn’t give him a gift because I have no idea regarding Saint Nicholas Day. As I knew, I will give a gift later on Christmas day to certain and special person such as spouse, family and best friends.

So, do you have any experiences in connecting with Santa Claus? Share your idea in comments!

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In Bahasa Indonesia

Hadiah dari teman baik.

Cokelat berbentuk Sinterklas dijual di supermarket.



Tanggal 6 Desember dalam tradisi Gereja Katolik adalah perayaan Santo Nikolaus. Di Jerman, tradisi perayaan Santo Nikolaus menjadi sesuatu yang istimewa. Nama perayaan ini disebut “der Heilige Nikolaus” atau “der Nikoloustag”. Mengingat figur ini identik dengan Sinterklas, sosok yang selalu muncul di kala Natal tiba.

Apa yang anda ingat tentang Sinterklas?

Di Indonesia, saat saya masih kecil. Orangtua selalu membawa saya ke perayaan Natal khusus anak-anak di Gereja. Dimana saya dipertemukan dengan figur Sinterklas yang terkenal baik hati. Dia selalu menyiapkan hadiah asalkan saya berjanji bisa menjadi anak yang baik.

Kembali ke legenda di Jerman. Di Jerman, anak-anak sibuk menyiapkan surat kepada Santo Nikolaus dan menyelipkannya di kaus kaki atau sepatu. Mereka berharap bahwa Santo Nikolaus akan memenuhi harapan mereka asalkan mereka sudah menjadi anak yang baik. Alhasil saya mendengar teman-teman saya di sini sibuk membantu anak-anak mereka menyiapkan perayaan Santo Nikolaus di sekolah, terutama di taman bermain (TK).

Namun saya juga tidak menyangka, seorang teman kelas memberikan saya hadiah. Di dalam tas hadiah bergambar Santo Nikolaus itu, saya mendapatkan cokelat yang terbungkus figur Santo Nikolaus dan sebuah novel yang dibungkus indah. Mungkin teman saya tahu bahwa saat ini saya sedang belajar bahasa Jerman.

Apa yang diharapkan orang-orang Jerman, terutama di wilayah Bavaria yang mayoritas memeluk Katolik? Mereka berharap sesuatu yang manis seperti cokelat. Itu sebab saya menemukan ragam cokelat di supermarket sejak akhir November. 

Tak hanya cokelat, anda juga bisa memberikan sesuatu yang lain seperti yang saya dapatkan. Bahkan suami saya juga mendapatkan hadiah dari rekan kerjanya, cokelat dan krim cukur untuk pria.

Bagaimana pengalaman anda yang lain soal hadiah di hari Natal?

Warme Leberkässemmel und Braten Semmeln: Bavarian Cuisine

Schweinsbraten semmeln or Braten semmeln.

Warme Leberkässemel. 

Who loves Bavarian cuisine? You don’t have time to make lunch while lunch breaking. Or you want only simple food due to cheaper price. No worries! I introduce you one of tasty sandwiches by Bavarian butcher. This price won’t break your wallet. 

When you are busy at work, then come to Metzgerai around Bavarian. Metzgerai is deutsch word that means butcher and surely you can find the tasty sandwich as I mentioned. I found Metzgerai Königsbauer which sells out Bavarian fresh meat and variant of ready to eat foods.

Leberkässe.

Firstly I have chosen Warme Leberkässemel, such a kind of sandwich with a warm meatloaf. This is really tasty but unfortunately fatty for me. Surely this sandwich has a lot of calories that needed by our body. Leberkässemel is a slice of Leberkässe roll as the most popular of Bavarian cuisine. This is a kind of fast food, but not junk food. One sandwich for me is just enough, well it depends on your consumption at lunch. Also leberkässe can be served with potato salad or hard boiled egg.

Leberkässe served with potato salad.

Read https://liwunfamily.com/2017/07/24/aneka-jajanan-festival-ala-bayerish/

Schweinsbraten.

The day after eating Schweinsbraten semmeln, I tried the other sandwich that named as Braten Semmeln. Semmeln is a roll bread from Bavarian cuisine. Braten or Schweinsbraten is a piece of pork meat prepared by roasting in high heat. This popular cuisine is in South Germany, Austria and Swiss. When you bite this braten, you can feel crispy in the rind. To cook and sell out this braten in Bavarian, they have standard instead of simple cuisine.

As I mentioned above, two sandwiches sound tasty and simply. I recommend to try out those when you want cheap and traditional cuisine in Bavaria around. At last, don’t forget to order a beer!🍻