Saint Nicholas would sneak out atnight and put coins in peoplesstockings as they were hung out atnight to dry. He was trying to helpthe poor people who did not havethe money to pay their taxes, butthis was illegal to do.
Children put their best shoe on thewindowsill on December 5, in hopes thatSaint Nicholas will put a present in theirshoe overnight. On December 6, whenthey wake up if theyve been good theywill get a few treats. If they havent theywill find the root of a tree.