German students celebrate holidays with paper shoes


SNAZZY SHOES: students hang their shoes on the cabinets in any category of their choosing. Teacher Rory Callendar then picks his favorites and the champions earn extra candy.

German students of all levels participate in an arts-and-crafts project for Sankt Nikolaus Tag, every year on Dec. 5. This is a tradition in which Saint Nicholas comes and leaves treats in the shoes of German children.

“We get candy in them which is fun and it’s a German tradition which is sick,” junior Ian Carrell said. 

The students colored, cut and taped paper shoes to teacher Rory Callendar’s cabinets to celebrate the holiday. Callendar filled the shoes with candy and is hosting a competition for the best shoe in each category, including Disney, Netflix, food, teacher favorite and others.

“It’s an important part of German culture,” senior Derek Hartman said. “In America, people get to have their stockings and then everybody also gets to have a shoe. It’s very fun to celebrate.”