On December 6th, Saint-Nicolas (originally a Catholic saint from Turkey) pays a visit to children in Europe. Saint Nicholas arrives on his donkey with his companion, Le Père Fouettard. Saint Nicholas gives candies to the good kids while his companion kidnaps the children who haven’t been so good. Although the traditions change from region to region, or country to country, it remains an important day for the children.
During Saint-Nicolas, children are given special Saint Nicholas shaped chocolates. On that special day, they also eat mandarins, cookies, gingerbread and a mannele, a brioche shaped liked the saint!