Saint Nicholas Day is December 6
Next week is Thanksgiving, so I will be taking the week off to enjoy the holiday with my family. When we come back, Saint Nicholas Day will be on December 6th. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the holiday:
Children in families who celebrate St Nicholas’ Day receive treats – including candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit – in stockings, socks, shoes or bags on December 6. Some churches have special services dedicated to the feast of St Nicholas on this day…The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins into other people’s shoes, which accounts for many of today’s Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots. (Source timeanddate.com)
Celebrating St. Nicholas Day
Here are the poem and song we will be reading and singing for St. Nicholas Day. Here are also ten ways for you and your kids to get in the mood for Thanksgiving and to have a kid-friendly Thanksgiving Day that everyone can enjoy.
- Song – Music Through the Grades: Saint Nicholas, page 39
- Poem – The Waldorf Book of Poetry: Stars Are Glowing, page 89
- Seasonal Activities –
- The most common thing to do on Saint Nicholas Day in the U.S. is for children to set out a shoe on St. Nicholas Eve with the hopes of getting some small gifts such as coins, nuts, fruit, candies, small toys, etc.
- You can even turn a foil covered chocolate Santa into a foil covered chocolate Saint Nicholas
- Set out out hay or carrots for Saint Nicholas’ donkey
- Candied orange peel is a popular treat to make for Saint Nicholas Day
- Make Saint Nicholas Speculaas Cookies (a type of spice cookie)
- Read books and stories about St. Nicholas, such as one of these
Turning It Over to You
Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day? If so, what special customs do you have? I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!