Santa Clause (Winter-grandfather) (Tel-apo or Mikulas) comes on the 6th of December. Children should clean and put their shoes outside next to the door or window before they go to sleep. The next day candies and/or small toys appear in them in red bags. For children, who don’t behave well, a golden birch placed next to the sweets, a symbol for spanking… (but don’t worry, it is just for fun, and not for actual punishment.)
On 24th of December, children go to their relatives or to the movies, because little Jesus brings the tree and the presents that evening to their house. It is customary to hang edible things on the tree, like golden wrapped assorted chocolates and meringues beside the glass balls, candles (real or electrical), and sparklers.
Families usually cook festive dinner for that night. An example would be fresh fish usually with rice or potatoes and home made pastries as dessert. After dinner, the tree would be viewed by the children for the first time. It was very exciting. Christmas songs are sung and then the gifts under the tree are shared.
Older children attend the midnight mass with their parents. The next day the children attack the edible part of the tree. Festive food is enjoyed on the second and third day too.