Source: Holly by Petr Kratochvil
In Germany, the feast day of Saint Nicholas is called Nikolaustag or "Day of Nicholas" and is commonly celebrated with small gifts such as candy. In many families it is still customary for children to put out one of their boots in the evening of December 5th, to be filled with gifts by the saint overnight. I personally never really followed this tradition, my parents always having preferred to simply place my gift next to my bed or my breakfast plate in the morning of December 6th. Nevertheless it is a holiday I cherish.
Source: Poinsetta Leaves by Petr Kratochvil
Well, I should get back to my term papers now... I hope you all have a nice Nikolaustag and Second Advent Sunday, and I promise that more directly gardening-related posts with original pictures will resume soon!