06 December 2010
"German Santa - 5th/6th December"
In the evening of Dec. 5th, (in some aereas 6th) a man dressed as the Heilige Nikolaus (St. Nicholas, who historically was a bishop from Myra/Turkey) goes from house to house to bring small gifts to the children. He is accompanied by several ragged, evil looking, Krampusse, who mildly scare the children. Although Krampus carries eine Rute (a switch), he only teases the children with it, while St. Nicholas hands out small gifts to the children.
The gifts for Christmas are being brought on December 24th, Heilig Abend, by "Christkindl" (little Jesus) or Weihnachtsmann (Christmas-man) depending of the region and traditional customs.