Mikulas has been to visit the Lavey children tonight!
Have you heard of Saint Nicholas? He is the original Santa Claus / Father Christmas, a Greacian Bishop who was known for his secret present giving to children who left their boots out for him.
Us Hungarians call him Mikulas and he visits our children during the night of the 5th December. In the evenings the children have to clean their boots and put them in the window and hope that they were good so Mikulas would fill them with lots of goodies. The goodies are normally chocolate Mikulas and other sweets packed in a red little bag.
When I was little, he always arrived on the evening of the 5th for us! I remember me and my sister hiding in the bathroom, very excited and waiting for the knock on the window! I was almost scared with excitement! We’d rush out and look in my bedroom’s window and the windowsill would be filled with red Mikulas bags! We’d pour everything out onto our beds and eat most of what was there! And funny enough we weren’t hyperactive either! Or at least I can’t remember that part. Maybe I should ask my mum…
So, this evening me and my dad had a plan (he’s been here on holiday for the past week).
I bathe the children while he puts the bags in the window, then sneaks outside and jingle Anabelle’s jingly musical instrument so it would sound like reindeer arriving. Max and Anabelle were sooooo excited!
Papa was a bit early though and Max’s head was still covered in shampoo foam, but still they jumped out of the bath, got wrapped in towels and rushed downstairs to find the window full of Mikulas’s presents.
My children stuffed themselves with chocolate too (just before bedtime) and you know what? Neither of them were hyperactive either! Must be in the genes!!
So, now we await Little Jesus on the evening of 24th and so we stay multi-cultured, Father Christmas on the morning of 25th. Goodness… Isn’t it great to be half Hungarian and half English??!