Feast of St. Nicholas
Advent is such a beautiful season and what adds to the beauty of this season is some wonderful feast days we have during this time… So on 6th December we celebrate the feast of a very famous saint, known by different names St. Nick, Santa Claus or St. Nicholas.
Let’s look at some things we can do with our kids for celebrating St. Nicholas:
1. Read or tell the story of St. Nicholas:
This feast day allows us to tell our kids about the real historical person, St. Nicholas, who inspired the legend of Santa Claus, who was a man of faith and who was good and generous because of his love for God. The story of St. Nicholas is on
2. Shoes/Stocking stuffers:
It is a tradition in many places around the world to keep the shoes out for St. Nick on the eve of 6th December. The kids can write a letter to Christ Child with sacrifices or good deeds they will do and they can leave the letter along with a carrot for St. Nicholas’s horse in the shoe. In the morning the carrot and letter gets replaced with treats for kids. The letter is taken by St. Nicholas to Christ Child.
3. Gift day:
We can make use of this day to gift our children what we want to give them for Christmas so that we can focus on Jesus on Christmas day. We can also give them a note from St. Nicholas telling them what they need to improve on from now on till Christmas.
4. St. Nicholas giving box:
Remind our kids how important it is to give to others especially the less privileged. Make a giving box in which they can contribute throughout advent for the needy and poor.
6. St. Nicholas ornament:
Make a St. Nicholas ornament with kids using paper or felt paper. Attached some pics for reference.
I know in some parts of the world, St. Nick gives coins, oranges and other goodies to kids.
We never really had that in our culture growing up. We always found gifts Christmas morning.
I did want to introduce it this time but I’ve been under the weather lately and didn’t get around to it. We did sit around and make these little crafts though and had some hot chocolate with marshmallows.
And St. Nick might leave a little note and books tonight
What are your traditions for this day?
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We also have some awesome advent based activities to make merry with our children this season.
Hope you all have fun celebrating this feast day with your kids. Do post pictures of you celebrating with your kids.
Thanks to contributions from Rosmin Francis Stanny.