Our St. Nicholas Tradition

I mentioned previously that celebrate St. Nicholas Day on December 6th, and I wanted to share a little more about that.

Our goal is to keep our family's celebration of Christmas focused on Christ, so we decided to skip Santa.  Instead, we have learned about who St. Nicholas really was.  

I want to say that we read "Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend" by Julie Stiegemeyer last year, but as I was very pregnant and in the process of moving, I can't really remember.  I highly recommend going to your library and checking out some books on this amazing man!  (Kelly, if you're out there, leave us some suggestions in the comments please!!!)  

Because of our reading we decided to create our own family tradition for St. Nicholas day.
Each year on Dec. 5th our children put out their shoes, or stockings, because St. Nicholas put the gifts he left for the children in their shoes, and in the morning the children know their shoes or stockings will be filled with a few chocolates, some nuts, an orange, and  a small homemade gift from mom and dad.
The gift is an ornament for the children that I have made that has something to do with the life of Christ.  This year they got these little cross-stitched trumps that I put into picture frame ornaments from Micheal's.  Steve and I each got an ornament every year from our parents as we were growing up, and it was so wonderful on our first Christmas to see how full the tree was just from those ornaments, so we decided to pass it on to our children.  (I really enjoy giving them to them on the 6th, so we can have them on the tree to look at for the rest of the month.)
Because we were doing the 25 Books of Christmas for the first time this year, I also sewed up these little books I got at Joann's, for each of them.  I think we may start including a Christmas book in their stocking each year so they can have a start on their collection if they want to do something similar with their children. 
St. Nicholas day has become a wonderful tradition in our home!  What are some of your family's favorite traditions?

Kelly Rosamond  – (December 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM)  

Beautiful Abby! I love what you do for this tradition. It is very similar with us, we also as for St. Nicholas to pray for us and ask the Lord to whom he is so near to bless our family.
If you enjoyed learning about St. Nicholas, you may also enjoy learning about St. Lucy, whose feast of martyrdom is on Dec. 13th. Many Christmas traditions are related to her feast as well, especially those involving candles and light. We always go out looking at Christmas light displays that night. Our family also does our annual eye exams around her feast day. While the St. Nicholas traditions come to us more from northern Europe, the St. Lucy traditions are more Italian. God bless and Merry Christmas!

Abby  – (January 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM)  

Thanks Kelly! Do you have any book suggestions you would be willing to share?

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