Thursday, Dec 6
We kicked off the feast on St. Nick’s Eve with a nice big dinner, complete with fancy candles.
Then it was Christmas PJ’s and St. Nicholas stories on the couch, followed by putting out our shoes.
The children were awake at 6:00 am. No surprise there!
Even Playmobil has gotten in on this tradition!
This reminds me of the Kneeling Santa statue my mom always put out in our home each Advent.
Dimples showing off her donut ornament. Donuts are her favorite.
Swiping Mommy’s chocolate coins.
Each child receives an ornament every year that reflects their latest interests. Then, when they leave home, they’ll have a nice little collection of ornaments to take with them! Until then, they have their own little tabletop trees in their rooms.
It was chocolate coins and peppermint candy canes for all before we dove into a big feast day breakfast. Look at St. Nick’s pancake blanket!
These are the books we received from St. Nicholas this year:
Social Butterfly (almost 3 years old)
Bright Eyes (almost 5 years old)
Dimples (6 1/2 years old)
Smarty Pants (8 years old)
These books are for the whole family (because St. Nick just can’t resist good Christmas books):
For Daddy to read to the boys at bedtime
We can listen to this one in the car.
This one is for listening too.
And since Mommy and Daddy work so hard all Advent long, doing lots of fun things to enrich their children’s faith, St. Nick brings them a present too!
DoStix (as in Dough Sticks) were featured in the November issue of Better Homes & Gardens. I made mention of them to St. Nick, and he delivered! I bake about four dozen butter cookies every Christmas, so these will come in really handy. I can’t wait to try them!
As for The Hubs, well, apparently St. Nick wanted to honor Papa, Irishman through and through that he was.
Again, World Market has an amazing ornament collection! And it won’t be long before they all go on sale. Check out their website if you don’t have a store near you. Sign up to be a “World Market Explorer” and they’ll email you all kinds of coupons and $10 off specials.
Well, by the looks of all the fabulous Facebook photos that have been posted this morning, many of my friends have adopted this fun St. Nick tradition. I love it! Just another simple and memorable way to incorporate the richness of our faith into our Domestic Churches. And by the way, if you’re having trouble explaining to your little ones just how this all works, this is our approach:
“St. Nicholas comes to our home on his feast day because he is the patron saint of children. He wants to give you something to celebrate his feast day! Then he comes back on Christmas Eve to give you a gift to celebrate the most important feast of all –Christmas! Yes, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus are the same guy.”
God of joy and cheer,
we thank you for your servant,
the good bishop Nicholas.
In loving the poor,
he showed us your kindness;
in caring for your children,
he revealed your love.
Make us thoughtful
without need of reward
so that we, too, may be good
followers of Jesus.