St Nicholas visits for the first time each year on the December 4th, so he can find out which children have been good and which children have been bad. If
a child is good he returns on December 6th with the presents, candy and toys, and twigs are left for those who are bad. He carries a freshly cut tree,
which is decorated and a central part of the holiday celebration in each home. Stockings are place on or near the fire-place, to be found in the morning
filled with small gifts and candies. A donkey accompanies St. Nicholas this Christmas Eve, commemorating the blessed donkey that experienced the magic of
the birth of the Christ Child many years ago in Bethlehem.