Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's the Feast Day of St. Nicholas!

Milo even wore his festive necklace... not very willingly.

We still keep to some of our Catholic traditions ;-)

Today is the Feast Day of St. Nicholas- so that means you put out your shoes and get presents :)

Here's some information on the tradition (found on wikipedia)
While feasts of Saint Nicholas are not observed nationally, cities with strong German influences like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and St. Louis celebrate St. Nick's Day on a scale similar to the German custom. On the previous night, children put one empty shoe (or sock) outside, and, on the following morning of December 6th, the children awake to find that St. Nick has filled their previously empty footwear with candy and small presents (if the children have been "good") or coal (if not). For these children, the relationship between St. Nick and Santa Claus is not clearly defined, although St. Nick is usually explained to be a helper of Santa. The tradition of St. Nick's Day is firmly established in the Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis communities, with parents often continuing to observe the day with even their adult children. Widespread adoption of observing the tradition has spread throughout the german, polish and belgian communities throughout Wisconsin, and is carried out through modern times.

So we put out our shoes last night for St. Nick :) Deacon was really into it, but kind of confused, LOL. St. Nick even came early to the shoes I left on our front porch - leaving us donuts to eat in the morning... Deacon thought that was really cool. When we woke up this morning he was thrilled to pieces to see that St. Nick brought him a cool M&M toy, a Cars flashlight and some new bathtub toys... though he wasn't very excited about the tub toys - he thought they were for his baby brother (guess they're a little too young for him, LOL).


1 comment:

T- said...

Very cool! I love it. And that picture of him surprised is the best!