6 December is
St. Nicholas's Day. The night before gifts come to children in eastern,
and central Europe. In this stamp Nicholas is dressed as an Orthodox, or
Byzantine, bishop. He is the special saint for children. The communists in Slavonic lands tried to replace him with Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), and his other ethnic cousins, such as Dedek Mraz, on New Year's Eve. In capitalist America he was similarly replaced with a Christmas season Coca Cola guy.