In a few countries in Europe (the Czech republic being one), people celebrate the arrival of Mikulas. Mikulas is a version of Saint Nicholas and he comes on December 6th and leaves before Christmas.
Micelles comes to visit children with 2 assistants: an angel who delivers presents to the good children and a devil who punishes the bad the children.
I think the idea is to scare your children to be good.
I was able to witness this celebration twice.
The first was on a special tram ride for children in Plzen.
Hold on tight because the devil is driving!
The second night, we went to Prague where the costumes get a little more spooky.
Europeans are weird, but I love them.