Sankt Nikolaus, the German version of Santa Claus, visits children on the night of Dec. 5 for Sankt Nikolaus Day. He gives gifts and discusses the good and bad things the children did throughout the year.
The children at St. Martin’s School in Bitburg were surprised with the man himself coming to see them Thursday.
Sabers from Spangdahlem Air Base were lucky enough to see the magic for themselves as the children danced and sang for Nikolaus.
St. Martin’s school is unique to integrating special needs children with other children in their age groups, and for many years they have been a big part of the Saber family.
After presentations by the children, Sankt Nikolaus, with the help of a few uniformed Airmen, handed out gifts. The goody bags included American toys and treats, and laughter and excitement rang through the air immortalize the season of giving.