St. Nicholas Activities for Kids

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So it is the first week of Advent and like many other families we are finding ourselves becoming quickly overwhelmed.  It seems like the month of December, though not the shortest month of the year, flies by the fastest due to the numerous events, festivities, gatherings, etc. I am finding myself checking off Christmas traditions, such as decorating the tree, the house, getting out our Elf on the shelf and moving it to a new location every morning, seeing Santa, seeing lights, etc.  like items on a “to do” list, as opposed to quality family time together making memories to be treasured.

So, in an effort to slow down and truly get back to the real meaning of Christmas I am simplifying by minimizing the commercial or more secular festivities and focusing more on tradition Christmas. This means we will be focusing our attention on the Feast of St. Nicholas and the birth of Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I am not forbidding anything, but rather trying to emphasize the true meaning of Christmas more.  So, this past week in an effort to refocus our attention this Christmas season we have been preparing for the Feast of St. Nicholas. 

Here are a few of the fun activities we are doing in preparations for the Feast of St. Nicholas.

Watching Veggie Tales Saint Nicholas A Story of Joyful Giving which is currently on Netflix.

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St. Nicholas Center  has a great story about the Real Santa that I read to the kiddos while they worked on the numerous kid friendly activities I found on St. Nicholas’ Center for Kids, including their St. Nicholas Puzzles….

Click here for puzzles to print off for your children.

Click here for more puzzle options.

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While our toddler and preschooler worked on their puzzles our first grader worked on a crossword puzzle and then started making a St. Nicholas ornament out of beads from her craft bin. 

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Then all three kiddos helped put together a fun St. Nicholas memory game. The older two helped cut out the memory squares and all three helped glue them onto cardstock.

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Another activity our preschooler really enjoyed was The Ship Game, where he had to circle all the items in the picture that began with the letter “s”.

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I have printed out St. Nicholas’ for the children to color and cut out.

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Our St. Nicholas Tradition…

When I was a child my brother, sister, and I would sit our shoes outside our bedroom doors the Eve of St. Nicholas Day and in the morning we would rush over to the shoes to see what St. Nicholas had left us.  We would often find an orange, apple, candy, and other small trinkets of interests for children (cool pencils, stickers, etc.).

Now that I am a mother I am finding so much joy in continuing these traditions with my own children. I have everything ready for St. Nicholas Eve, apples, oranges, chocolate coins, and cute St. Nicholas pillow ornaments that the children can color and then hang on the tree.

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I am so enjoying sharing the story of Saint Nicholas and all these fun activities with my children and am looking forward to St. Nicholas Eve!

Here are some additional interesting links I came across:

Checkout this new tradition, instead of a shoe why not a shoe bag for St. Nicholas day that you can have embroidered?

St. Nicholas Chocolate Coin Printable

St. Nicholas Day Spice Cookies

St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes

Does your family celebrate St. Nicholas day? If so how do you celebrate?

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6 Comments on “St. Nicholas Activities for Kids”

  1. December 6, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Whether you are one religion or another or not at all, raising children well means to instill the kinds of values and awareness in important things, not things you buy (altho I am guilty of it with my Chanel obsession, but my son is grown!) I think you are doing a great job!

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you Enchanted Seashells :) (Moms deserve an indulgence, or two, and Chanel is an excellent choice!)

  2. December 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Such great ideas! I especially love the St. Nicholas puzzles. Thank you for making such an effort to reject the commercialization of Christmas and teach your child the meaningful things about Christmas.: )

    • December 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      I am truly amazed at how much more pleasant Christmas is without the added stress and pressure that the commercialized Christmas tends to foster. Our entire family is finding so much joy in getting back to the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for your kind words and Merry Christmas Sheila

  3. December 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Kat, I just featured this post in a highlight on my blog:

    http://exploreandexpress-sheila.blogspot.de/2012/12/exploring-advent-and-christmas-continues.html

    Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

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