St. Nicholas Day Celebration
I mentioned yesterday that my family has celebrated St. Nicholas Day or what we call Santa’s Birthday since I was a kid. Each year on December 5th, my sister and I would place our biggest pair of shoes by the front door and wait for the elves to fill them with goodies. In the mornings we would run to our shoes and check out our treats and
fight over who got to agree to share the duty to move the mouse on our Advent calendar. The elves filled the calendar with candies, and whoever moved the mouse to the correct day got to have the candy. Our St. Nicholas Day celebrations have changed a little, but my kids anxiously place their shoes by the fire and “lovingly” decide who gets to move the Advent calendar mouse and eat the candy.
With four boys with big feet, we like to keep their treats small. A few of their favorite candies, a special snack treat, a little toy, a new toothbrush, and a new pencil or eraser set.
We really try to stress the importance of giving back and helping others throughout the year, but we drive it home during the holidays. Our kids are very blessed to have a nice home, nice clothes, more toys than they can put away, and friends and family that love them…We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t teach them to serve and help others, so they all know the story of St. Nicholas very well. I love hearing them tell each other the things they remember and the new things they have learned about St. Nicholas each year. We love that we can use this day to keep the Magic of Christmas alive while teaching them that the Magic of Christmas is so much more than presents from Santa!
I hope you are inspired to celebrate St. Nicholas Day with your little ones too!
Gold Coin Candy from Candy Warehouse
Tiny Lincoln Logs from Toys R Us
And a totally unrelated side-note, those Timberland shoes are 7 years old and have been worn by all four of my boys, A LOT, and if I buffed them they would look like new!