1st year students of German enjoyed a surprise visit from Nikolaus in early December 2017. Christmas stockings full of festive treats were enjoyed by the students who also sang Christmas carols in German and learned about Christmas traditions in Germany.
Nikolaustag (Nicholas Day) is celebrated annually on 6th December in Germany. St Nicholas is the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants and students. Children leave boots, shoes or stockings outside the door on the evening of 5th December for St Nicholas to fill with secret gifts such as chocolates, nuts, mandarins, decorations and small toys. St Nicholas is also known as the “wonderworker” and was said to have performed many miracles.
1st year students of German 2017-2018 pictured with teacher Ms Loftus (Nikolaustag Celebration at Mount Mercy College, December 2017)
Der Nikolaus bringt uns wieder Süßigkeiten und kleine Überraschungen!
Der Nikolaus erinnert uns daran, wie viel die kleinen Freuden des Lebens bedeuten.
Viele Grüße zum Nikolaustag!
1st year students of German celebrate Nikolaustag at Mount Mercy College, December 2017
1st year students of German 2017-2018 pictured with Principal Ms Ryan (Nikolaustag Celebration at Mount Mercy College, December 2017)
Frohe Weihnachten to all!
1st year German class pictured with Principal Bean Uí Ríordáin on Nikolaustag (St Nicholas day) 6th December 2016.
Nikolaus made his annual visit to 1st year students of German at Mount Mercy on his feast day 6th December. Students sang the German Christmas carols Stille Nacht (Silent Night) and O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree) and enjoyed the special surprise Nikolaus delivery of their treat-filled Christmas stockings containing an assortment of various Strohsterne (straw stars), Dekorationen (decorations), Süßigkeiten (sweets), Schokolade (chocolate), Gummibärchen (Gummy-bears), and quirky Goethe Institut badges with fun words like ‘lecker’ (delicious), ‘genau’ (exactly), ‘toll‘ (great), ‘Brot’ (bread), ‘Deutsch’ (German), ‘Hallo’, ‘Ja’ (yes) and ‘Tschüss’ (bye). The students also enjoyed learning about Christmas traditions in Germany through participating in a presentation about festive German Christmas customs.
Frohe Weihnachten und die besten Wünsche für das neue Jahr! (Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!) to all!
1st year German class pictured with Principal Bean Ui Ríordáin (far right), teacher Ms Loftus (back row: far left) and language assistant Jana Reusch (far left: front row)) on Nikolaustag (St Nicholas day) 6th December 2016
Principal Bean Ui Ríordáin and language assistant Jana Reusch pictured enjoying their Nikolaustag stockings.
Leaving Cert students of German also enjoyed celebrating Nikolaustag with festive treat surprises. They also enjoyed exploring German Christmas traditions and viewing the timeless slapstick favourite ‘Dinner for One’ movie which has been screened annually in Germany on New Year’s Eve since the early 1960s.
Leaving Cert Nikolaustag treat napkins
1st year German class enjoy Nikolaustag celebration . Pictured with Principal Bean Ui Riordain and Vice Principal, Ms Van Wallegham, December 2015.
MMC Leaving Cert students enjoy Nikolaustag celebration, December 2015.
Nicholas Day was celebrated in early December 2015 by 1st Year and Leaving Cert German classes. Principal Bean Ui Riordáin and Vice Principal Ms Van Wallegham attended the 1st year celebration where German Christmas carols were sung by the class. The 1st Year students of German enjoyed a presentation on seasonal Christmas customs in Germany and the excitement of unexpectedly receiving their Christmas socks filled with treats including chocolates, straw stars, badges, wooden decorations and goodies. This annual feast day was celebrated in traditional German style! Leaving Cert students of German received token arrangements of chocolates, goodies and straw stars in celebration of Nikolaustag and enjoyed learning about German Christmas traditions and watching the comic short movie ‘Dinner for One’ which is screened annually in Germany on New Years Eve.
1st year students, Nikolaustag at MMC 2015
Token treats for Leaving Cert students, NIkolaustag celebration 2015
1st year students of German display their special Nikolaustag socks & the traditional handmade German Advent Calendar
The advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days to Christmas starting on 1st December and ending on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) on the 24th. Advent calendars contain 24 windows, doors or pockets. On each day, starting on the 1st December, one of these is opened and a small item such as a piece of chocolate, small gift, poem or toy is revealed.
1st year students of German pictured with principal Bean Uí Riordáin.
Celebrated in December 2014 at Mount Mercy College
Nikolaustag 2014 (Nicholas Day) was celebrated by our 1st year students of German as they sang German Christmas carols, learned about German Christmas traditions and enjoyed the festive treats and chocolates in their specially prepared surprise Nikolaustag socks. Knecht Ruprecht (also known as Krampus in Austria and Pelznickel in Northwest Germany), the sometimes mischievous companion of Saint Nick, thankfully found no reason to leave coal or sticks in any of the socks. Exemplary behaviour amongst our 1st year students of German has once again clearly been recorded and rewarded, as Nikolaus placed only pleasant goodies including Süßigkeiten (sweets), Schokolade (chocolate), der Weihnachtsmann (Fr Christmas), Strohsterne (straw stars) and fun German word badges in the socks! Words such as ‘toll’ (great), ‘Spaß’ (fun), ‘ Na, und?’ (so what?!) , ‘Berlin’, ‘Liebe’ (love) and ‘Deutsch’ (German) were added to the mix. Well done to all our 1st year students of German and ‘Frohe Weihnachten!’
Our Leaving Cert students of German also celebrated Nikolaustag 2014. They received small token gifts of seasonal treats to mark their final celebration of Nikolaustag and Weihnachten (Christmas) as students at MMC.
L-R: Niamh O Connor, Dara O Keeffe, Jennifer O Sullivan, Shannon Mulligan-Dunlea, Méabh Allen.