Feast of St. Nicholas

Celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas is by far one of our favorite family traditions.  St. Nick is the patron saint of children, so it is fitting that we take a day to celebrate the wonder and joy of childhood each year on December 6th.  Check out the St. Nicholas Center Website to learn more about this internationally beloved Saint.

On the Eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas, we wear our Christmas PJ’s, decorate the tree together, play some Christmas music, have a little dance party, and put a pair of shoes on the hearth.

In the morning, we wake up to filled shoes, and a special feast day breakfast.  St. Nicholas usually brings each child an ornament, a book, some gold coins, and a candy cane.

One year, when I was feeling particularly overzealous in the spirit, I hosted a bunch of moms and kids for a feast day celebration at the house we were renting at the time. The children made this craft.

St. Nicholas Spoon Saint

Ours have been Christmas Tree decorations ever since.

We read these books leading up to December 6th.  The family favorite is definitely A Gift from St. Nicholas.

I love celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas with my family.  My prayer is that someday they will do the same with their children, creating beautiful memories as they learn about and exemplify this generous bishop of long ago.

St. Nicholas, Patron of Children, Pray for us!

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