So, is it true that the Polish Santa Claus visits twice? Yes. Lucky Poles, eh? Let me explain.
6th December is St. Nicolaus day (Mikołajki), and traditionally it’s been a day when people give their children small gifts. But only those who’d behaved themselves, obviously. Santa Claus for most people in Poland will more likely be associated with that day then, rather than Christmas, although - bit confusingly – for many others he is a secular symbol of Christmas and therefore comes back on Christmas Eve too with even more gifts. He must be loaded. Let’s see how he copes with the credit crunch then.
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