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Many of us celebrate today St. Nicholas Day, that is a gift giving day and practically the opening of the Christmas season (putting away for a moment the official church date, which is the 1st day of Advent).

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St. Nicholas was Nikolaos of Myra, who died on 6th December 343. He was a Greek Bishop known among others for secretly putting coins in people’s shoes. In Western Christmas tradition, on the 6th of December small gifts are put into peoples’ shoes (real or symbolic ones made of fabric).

On the picture, a small piece of the Christmas decoration on the Royal Route (from the Royal Castle to the Royal Palace). Seen in Warsaw, Poland.