|Markers and pens on papers, with some gold|
St Nicholas Day
The sixth of December is St. Nicholas Day, which in Europe is celebrated almost everywhere, albeit with varying traditions. Here in Switzerland it is a day for St. Nicks to appear in stores and clubs and homes, sometimes with Schmutzli, a black-robed figure with switches for bad children. For good children, who can recite a poem for the Saint, there are jute bags with nuts, fruit and candies.
|I baked Basle Brunsli, made of egg white, ground nuts, cocoa powder and confectioners sugar.|
|We had an enjoyable family feast (of which this is a small part)....|
|... then gathered in the living room for review of the year, discussions, and the bags.|
|Dear Papa brought each a fine Grittibänz, with his pipe and raisin eyes. This are seasonal breads.|
Happy St. Nicks Day