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