This brief article about a Czech tradition surrounding Christmas is taken from GEO Missionary Denise Schlesselman’s December newsletter. Denise tells about the tradition, and brings the Gospel to light in relation to it. If you’d like to keep up with Denise’s work in Karvina, Czech Republic, you can ask to be added to her newsletter by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–By Denise Schlesselman
If you ever learned to play piano you might have learned the Christmas song “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”. Many people know that St. Nick is another name for Santa. Maybe you even celebrate St. Nicholas day in your family. In the Czech Republic, St. Nicholas day is an exciting event.
One of my classes at school told me how it works. St. Nicholas comes on December 6th and leaves gifts for good children outside their house. Often it is candy. If a child is not good, he gets a sack of potatoes. St. Mikulas (Nicholas) travels with an angel and a devil. Children must sing a song to make sure that they get presents.
During this time you can see many young people playing the role of St. Nicholas, the angel, or the devil. They visit the younger children and you can hear the young children singing. It’s a fun holiday tradition. Yet it is good to keep in mind that the devil really is looking to give us bad gifts and lead us away from Jesus. The Good News at this time of year is that Jesus is the best gift because He came to give us the gift of eternal life through Him.
- Learn more about Denise’s work in Karvina, Czech Republic.
- Read more about English Bible Camps in Central Europe.
- Pray that the Good News of Jesus Christ and the gift He is for us would be recognized throught the world during this Epiphany season.
- To learn more about Christmas and Advent traditions in other countries, check out the LCMS Eurasia Facebook Page.