In the afternoon, 5 December, children take <i>chaussesels</i> door-to-door for treats (sweets, nuts, coins, & tangerines). Children make one at school & keep it all their life. The mouth opens to receive treats when held up to a window.

In the afternoon, 5 December, children take chaussesels door-to-door for treats (sweets, nuts, coins, & tangerines). Children make one at school & keep it all their life. The mouth opens to receive treats when held up to a window.

Photos: Chauseslä Unterägeri

Chauseslä Unterägeri

Unterägeri, Canton Zug, Switzerland

Civic Festival, 5 December

Customs rooted in the 16th century have continued the spirit of St. Nicholas. Children collect treats in the afternoon of 5 December with their chlaussesels, donkey-like wooden characters. In the evening adults and teenagers form groups to collect charitable donations to benefit the developing world. A Samichlaus leads each group, accompanied by a Schmutzli, huge iffãllã lanterns, large cowbells, cow horns, and whips, as well as chaussesel.

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In the afternoon, 5 December, children take <i>chaussesels</i> door-to-door for treats (sweets, nuts, coins, & tangerines). Children make one at school & keep it all their life. The mouth opens to receive treats when held up to a window.
A Samichlaus and Schmutzle lead each group, ringing bells and giving nuts to children at each stop
Large lighted lantern <i>iff&#227;ll&#227; are part of each group</i>
Large cow bells, cow horns and heavy whips add to the clamor, calling people to their doors
There are usually five groups that go through the village, collecting contributions
Another group, or <i>rott&#228;</i><i></i>