Thursday, December 06, 2007

Happy St. Nick's Day




December 6th is celebrated as St. Nick's Day at our house. St. Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints of the Christian Church since the Middle Ages. He was a real person, born in the third century in Patara in what is now southern Turkey. He was raised by wealthy Christian parents who taught him to live his life to honor Christ. With his inherited wealth, Nicholas gave it all to help the needy, poor and destitute, obeying the words of Jesus when He spoke to a rich, young ruler to "sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come, follow Me." (Matt 21:21) Nicholas's life was devoted to serving people -- the poor, the sick, sailors, and he especially loved children. If you would like to know more about St. Nicholas and the traditions that have been built around him, click here.
At our house, we always celebrate St. Nick's Day by reading a story about his life. A favorite story which we have read to our children through the years is "St. Nicholas and the Golden Bars" as told in the Book of Virtues, page 763 (yes, I have my book open to it). We also enjoy chocolate letters (initials of each family member) and chocolate coins. I think the Dutch first started this tradition, but every culture and nation has celebrated St. Nicholas (aka: Sinterklaas, Sancte Claus, Sankt Niklaus) in its own unique way. I hope you'll find a way to spread the cheer of the Real St. Nicholas this season.
1881 by Thomas Nast

7 comments:

  1. Happy Saint Nick to you. We are not celebrating till tomorrow. We hare having a tea party, wish you could come. xoxoxoox Clarice

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  2. Hi Lily,

    I hope you had a happy Sinterklaas :-) We did . it is so fun to read this post for me. In our country is Sinterklaas a big tradition! I love your blog. I found it through Gracious Hospitality. I will come back soon to read your older posts. Your pictures are great!

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  3. ps.. I recognize the treat you post from my country :-)

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  4. Clarice,
    Have a happy tea party! I wish I could come too!

    Lucy,
    Welcome to my blog. I've enjoyed yours for some time. You do beautiful work. Yes, we do love the chocolate letters -- the tradition of your country.

    ~Jody

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  5. YUMMY! That is some "GOOD LOOKIN'Chocolate!"
    Thanks for the info. on St. Nick. We are learning about him too in our home.

    Debbie

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  6. We celebrate this day, too. Thank you for sharing your lovely traditions with us on this wonderful day.

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  7. We don't celebrate this day specifically at our home, but we do celebrate the spirit of giving from the heart all the season long.
    I've enjoyed hearing about your traditions Jody.

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