Many legends surround the person of Saint Nicholas, who lived as a bishop in Myra / Asia Minor in the 4th century. He was a godly and helpful man, who became the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants and bakers. Traditionally, he appears in the bishop’s robe with miter and crosier. Most undetected He supported the poor and weak with food and clothing and thus helped to alleviate the worst hardship. Even today, sweets and small gifts are given to the children on his day of death, the 6th of December. Often, therefore a night before, they place their polished boots outside of the door, in the hope of Nicholas may fill it with sweets at night. As fearsome companion of Nicholas occur Krampus or Servant Rupert. They frighten the children and punish the naughty with the rod.