Some families in the United States are celebrating St. Nicholas today, some will be celebrating tomorrow. This is a fun holiday and really shows kindness, good deeds, generosity and good humor if a little poem/riddle is left amongst the gifts!
If you would like to celebrate tomorrow, your children can leave out a boot (a wooden shoe is traditional, but a boot will do!) and a cookie for St. Nicholas and some carrots for his horse. When your children wake up in the morning, they can find their boot filled with little gifts. Some sources say the traditional gifts are often considered either the apple (knowledge), nut (strength), and gingerbread (warmth), but can also include citrus (oranges is the fruit I hear most about, not apples), chocolate coins, gifts, little riddles, or even notes of all the kind and generous things the child did this year since St. Nicholas’ last visit!
Some of our favorite activities for past years have included making gingerbread houses and decorating them together, making gingerbread loaves or cookies, making St. Nicholas baskets and leave them on neighbor’s doorsteps with goodies and the legend of St. Nicholas inside, and making little bishop hats to wear or in an ornament style for a holiday tree.
This post is from 2012, but has some of our favorite stories about St. Nicholas and ideas for celebrating. And don’t forget this wonderful post about how to play St. Nicholas and start new traditions in your family! (thank you, Christine Natale, for the guest post that I have treasured for years!).
I am off to get things ready for our boots, and to think about how we will decorate gingerbread houses tomorrow!
Lots of love to you all!