In the Roman Catholic areas of southern Germany, such as in Bavaria, Sankt Nikolaus still appears with a flowing beard and a bishop's staff.
In preparation of his arrival Houses are given a thorough clean and children shine their shoes or boots.
The children put a letter to St Nicholas along with carrots for his white horse in their shoes and these are left either by the children's bed or on a window sill. During the night Sankt Nikolaus goes from house to house visiting the children and If they have been good, he fills, shoe or boot with delicious fruits, nuts and sweets
But if they have been bad they may only find potatoes, coal, or twigs.