Decoration for Saint Nicholas Day
By Adelma Greinier Simmons
Our symbol for the day is a simple wooden shoe, a sabot brought long ago from Holland. Instead of straw for the Bishop's horse, we place in it an arrangement of broom for Black Peter's switches; mugwort, the herb for foot-sore travelers who trudged behind the Saint; teasel for the cloth merchants whose goods Saint Nicholas protected on long sea voyages, and yellow tansy and yarrow to represent the bags of gold.
From A Merry Christmas Herbal by Adelma Grenier Simmons, William Morrow, 1968, p. 74