Welcoming in what Americans and Most Europeans called St. Nicholas Day or Feast of St. Nicholas with my petits (children) and compère Lapin Mariquita. Here in Kenner and New Orleans, us Créole/Métis refer to today as Fête Petit(e) Noël, Fête Papa Noël and/or Feliz El Niño, respectively after our French and Spaniard ancestors and reflective of our heritage. Our relatives in Missouri, also refer to this day as Fête Petit(e) Noël, Fête Papa Noël and/or Feliz El Niño. Unlike North Americans, we celebrate St. Nicholas who he was and what he has done for his people of Turkey. However, we do Not state that He gift the children today with oranges, apples and/or nuts, we tell our children the Petit(e) Noël, Petit Papa Noël, El Niño, and Chrischildl gifted our children these healthy gifts. This custom of ours has been passed down to us by our Catholic French, Spanish And German ancestors. Catholic Germans believe that it was the Christ child that gift the children fruits and nuts in their shoes or stockings on this day as well as the French and Spaniards, not St. Nicholas.
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