What is the story of Saint Nicholas? On December 6th of each year, Saint Nicholas pays a visit to all the children in Eastern and Northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and many parts of eastern Europe. Although the traditions change from region to region, the day is a very important day for kids. Some kids leave their shoes out the night before to have them filled with coins or candy. In another variation, kids leave a carrot and turnip for the donkey; Saint Nicholas leaves orange and a sweet in return like chocolates !!!