St. Nicolas is the patron saint of Lorraine.
The whole family gets ready for the saint’s arrival on December 6, with grandparents telling stories of the saint.
The most popular one is of three children who wandered away and got lost. Cold and hungry, a wicked butcher lured them into his shop where he attacked and salted them away in a large tub. Through the intervention of St. Nicolas, the boys were restored to their families. This story led to Nicolas being recognized as the protector of children.
To celebrate St. Nicolas on 6th December, the French decorate their homes and eat huge brioches studded with candied fruits.