You may ask why a Happy December? It is cold, in Ljubljana there is a famous Ljubljana fog, it's humid, the day is too short, and there is no sun! Why then Slovenians have named December, a Happy December?! If you still doubt, then read the entire article :)
All this is true, but the joy is around and it lasts a whole month! Slovenians have three dates for getting gifts this month!!!! Can you imagine the happiness of Slovenian kids in December?
At the beginning of December, Slovenian children are visited by somebody very “local”. Saint Nicholas ( Sveti Miklavž) visits us on December the 5th, he is visiting our homes, distributing sweets and candies to the kids, but he is not alone, by him ones can see Angels and horrible Krampuses.
The Krampus look so horrible, that even adults are afraid of them. If you don’t believe me, you can visit a festival “The night of Krampus in Goričane” and you will see that I am right...;)
Last years, following the tradition of the western world, since Slovenia is mostly a Catholic country, is logic that we celebrate Christmas. And because of this, some Slovenian children receive their gifts on that day. All over Slovenia, in churches, at home, ones can see Nativity scene. Some famous tourist places, like the Postojna cave, make a live show with actors to present the birth of little Jesus (https://www.postojnska-jama.eu/en/get-to-know-the-park/events/living-nativity-scenes-in-postojna-cave/?RemeberLocale=1)
And, of course, as a country, that once was a part of the communist world for some time, Slovenia has also a special guest at the end of the month, and this is Slovenia's Dedek Mraz (literal translation “Grandfather Frost” , which first has appeared in ex-Yugoslavia in 1947, his home is at the biggest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav.
Now you better know why, here in Slovenia, we love December and we call it Happy December… But, please, don’t ask me anything about January, because I think at that time I will have a headache ))))
Welcome to Slovenia also in winter!