St Nicholas is called Samiclaus in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. He appears not on Christmas Eve or Day, but on December 6, when children awake to find
the shoe or boot they put out the night before filled with mandarin oranges, nuts and cookies. Samiclaus is carrying the traditional tree. The evening of December
24 is a family celebration in Switzerland. This is the evening on which children get to see the decorated and lit tree in its entire splendor for the first time,
complete with wrapped gifts underneath. A long thick coat keeps Samiclaus warm through the heavy snow as he visits the many villages between mountain valleys.