Ah December 6th.  It’s St. Nicholas’ Day.  When I was in Catholic grammar school, this marked the day that children would put their shoes outside of the classroom door and by day’s end, they would be full of candy (compliments of St. Nick).  When I was studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, this marked the day when Krampus, St. Nick’s evil companion, would wield a whip and a broomstick, terrifying little children (and adults) to be good or else. ~AKH

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