When I was little (60s), we lived in Bremerhaven with a German family. I have the fondest of memories of my "adopted" Oma & Opa. Anyway, I do remember St Nikolaus being a VERY stern figure and I was always a little bit afraid of him even though he always gave us candy, fruit, and nuts. I'm going to have to see if photos still exist.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ---Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss