The first week of December is well known for being a time to kick off the holiday season. Did you know that December 6th is a day when many celebrate a special, early visit from St. Nicholas? You, too, can take part in this celebrated family tradition with five fun ways to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. Take a look…
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Nicholas Day
Holiday customs are celebrated around the world and there are many ways to honor the upcoming season throughout the month of December. Each year, on the 6th of the month, we kick off the season with an early visit from the Patron Saint of Children. St. Nicholas is known for his gracious and selfless nature and the holiday is a great way to get in the spirit of giving for the upcoming season.
The tradition around St. Nicholas day is centered on children leaving their shoes or stockings out on the night before (December 5th). In the morning children can wake to find some simple gifts waiting for them such as fruits, candies or treats. This day is also celebrated in many places in America near the beginning of the season of Advent and preludes what we now refer to as Santa Claus.
This day is a great time to discuss the season of giving with your kids and the true meaning of Christmas. There are many ways to partake in St. Nicholas day. I have created a list of five ideas to share.
#1 Celebrate the Spirit of Giving
Teach your kids the spirit of giving by sharing thoughtful gifts with others. You can do this anonymously in the spirit of St. Nicholas by creating giving bags to the needy. Blessing bags, which you can create on your own, are a great way to help the homeless in Kansas City.
#2 Celebrate the Custom of the Shoes
Talk with your kids about the history of Saint Nicholas and allow them to leave their shoes out on the night of December 5th so they can find gifts the next morning. They should place their shoes on the window sill or front stoop along with a letter to the child Jesus. It can contain gift requests to be taken to heaven, or I would recommend, a prayer for others.
#3 Celebrate with Recipes
Try your hand at some holiday themed recipes from around the world. The St. Nicholas Center website has an extensive list of great holiday recipes that your family can try out to celebrate the season.
#4 Celebrate by Putting on a Play
You can learn a lot, and teach a lot, about St. Nicholas day by performing a play with your family. From single person plays that you can put on for your kids to large group options for the whole family to get involved, the St. Nicholas Center has tons of great options to put on a family play at home.
#5 Make a St. Nicholas Miter Headband
Crafts are always fun to do with kids and it makes a great conversation starter. There are tons of great FREE Christmas craft ideas online. The St. Nicholas Miter Headband from Teachers Pay Teachers is an easy printable that your child can make. You can wear it or use it as a centerpiece.
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