Two days to Saint Nicholas Day

   December 3, 2012 7:40 am    0

 

The legend of Saint Nicholas is that he distributed little gifts and placed them in shoes that children left outside their rooms or by the fireplace the night of Dec. 5. Then the kids awake the next day to fun little gifts. That’s the tale that I grew up with.

My parents never did any of this, but I heard it in school. I thought it was great fun, so I did it with my kids.

Before I went to bed on Dec. 5, I would put candy, jewelry, festive socks or even video games into their shoes while they slept. It also served as a wake up call to either buy them new shoes or get out the Fabreze or Windex to clean their shoes up.

According to Wikipedia, Saint Nicholas is honored by a lot of religions. A bit of history here —  Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century Greek bishop who allegedly performed miracles and was known for secret gift-giving, which was what I learned as a kid. I always thought Secret Santa stuff was great fun.

I don’t have little kids any more, but we do have a Nicholas who visits with my daughter. Enjoy Saint Nicholas Day!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

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