Thursday, December 06, 2012

Happy Mikulas Day!

Mikulas Eve kick starts the Christmas season into high gear here in Prague. Last night we made our annual trek to Namesti Miru to watch the crowds of devils, angels and St. Nicks out in flocks in the square. By the time we'd lit a few sparklers, lost several balloons to the night sky, and eaten a round of spa wafers, everyone's toes were beginning to feel ice-like and even Caroline declared herself ready to head home. Our timing was perfect though, because this year we ran into Mikulas as he was leaving presents for the children. He was a sight to behold, and his angel a vision. (The devil was pretty cute too, though the two year olds in our party didn't think so!)

5 comments:

Ellen said...

Such elegant characters!

Our Sämichlaus und Schmützli were shy this year, but visited anyway!

Rouchswalwe said...

What a shot! Mikulas in motion! And what luck to run into him. I have to admit that his staff gave me chills as a little girl. The whole thing was confusing because our Ruprecht was a kind-hearted devil with a twinkle in his eye and our St. Nikolaus was a stern scary man who smelled slightly stale and did not laugh. My question at the time was, "Why don't they call it Ruprecht Day?"

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Adore the big robes and crown!

Julia said...

Mikulas was not shy! In fact, he tried to drag me away for being bad this year, but luckily James rescued me before I had to trip him with his own staff ;-).

GG - Mikulas borrowed a hat I made out of a white paper bag with a convenient string tie. What a sneaky saint!

Paola said...

For a split second I had thought I cold see this live ... alas I am living it vicariously through you.
For now ...