What’s St. Nicholas Day?


It’s the first week of Advent and if I’m being totally honest I’m fatigued and my heart just isn’t 100% in it. Having to always be the bearer of bad news to my kiddos has really taken its toll on me. In the past few weeks I’ve had to crush their spirits over and over again by relaying news that yet another Christmas event or festivity that they were looking forward to attending and/or participating in is either cancelled, postponed, or has gone virtual. As a huge proponent of the gift of experiences and the magic of sharing said experiences with extended family members this Christmas is really hitting hard…it is the quality time together with family and friends that really means the most year round but especially at Christmas. It’s the touring the Manor House with friends, watching the classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Valentine Theatre with a live audience and everyone ringing bells at the very end, it’s even being the co-chair of the Santa Shop and watching little ones eyes light up as they shop for that special someone, I miss it ALL and it’s really hitting me harder than anticipated. I guess you don’t realize just how rich your life is until you’ve had everything halted and you can reflect back on it just like George Bailey did, now if only we could tell Clarence, “I want to LIVE again!” and just like that it’d all go back to normal.  Wouldn’t that be lovely? But it can’t, thus we will continue to put on our courageous faces for the sake of the kiddos, we will continue to try our best to make this Christmas as special for our kids as we can and for our family that includes celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas. It’s a wonderful tradition that has been passed down over the generations. Not familiar with St. Nicholas Day?

Who was St. Nicholas? 

The real St. Nicholas lived a long time ago in a place called Asia Minor. It is now the country of Turkey. His family was Greek and his name was Nicholas.

Nicholas’ parents died when he was a teenager. They left him a lot of money which made him a rich young man. Nicholas went to live with his uncle who was a priest.

Nicholas heard about a man who had lost all his money. He had three daughters who were old enough to get married. But in those days young women had to have money in order to get married. This money was a “dowry” and it was used to help the new family get started. If you didn’t have dowry money, you didn’t get married. READ MORE 

Our St. Nicholas Eve Tradition…

On the Eve of St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 5th) the kiddos all sit their shoes outside their bedrooms before they go to bed and in the morning they rush over to see what St. Nicholas had left.  Often finding the classics, candy canes, cuties, oranges, apples, and a special ornament for the Christmas Tree that we cut down on St. Nicholas Day. 

10 Fun St. Nicholas Day activities…

St. Nicholas Cutout 

The Ship Game 

 St. Nicholas memory game

A crossword puzzle

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St. Nicholas Chocolate Coin Printable

St. Nicholas Day Spice Cookies

St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes

St. Nicholas Day Desserts 

Does your family celebrate St. Nicholas Day? Do you have a unique tradition or perhaps one you hope to start this year? 

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