Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Here Comes Saint Nick: Thursday's story about St. Nicholas (page 7) germinated from a conversation that correspondent Isabelle de Pommereau had with her 6-year-old daughter. She had just returned home from kindergarten in Frankfurt, Germany. "She was carrying a stocking of nuts and oranges, and told me it was given to her by St. Nicholas - the bishop, not the Santa Claus," says Isabelle. "I grew up in France, where we have no tradition of Santa Claus or St. Nicholas. In my home, we had no tree either, just a Nativity scene."

This year, Isabelle and her husband decided to adopt the German tradition. A friend dressed as St. Nicholas visited their home on Dec. 6, bringing a stocking of gifts for their two children. Also, as is customary, he made recommendations on how the children might behave better. "Alicia, my daughter, goes to a European school attended by various nationalities. I carpool with other parents. A couple of times a week, an American boy visits. …

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