Do you celebrate St. Nick's Day? Every year on December 6th, I remember waking up looking for my stocking full of goodies. Not everyone celebrates St. Nick's Day; it's popular in European countries and in German and Dutch communities. I grew up in a city with strong German roots and St. Nick's Day was always celebrated. My mom had never heard of it until she came here for college. When they told her to put a shoe outside her door at night, I think she thought they were nuts!
Who Was St. Nick?
St. Nicholas was basically the model for the jolly man himself (Santa Claus). St. Nicholas was from a wealthy family and would secretly give out gifts to people. The story I remember hearing was about a father who had three daughters. He was poor and could not afford dowries for the girls. Without the dowry the girls would probably become... night workers. Nicholas threw a bag of gold coins for each daughter into the house through a window at night. (Some accounts have it over 1 night, 3 nights, or even 3 years.)
How To Celebrate:
Growing up, we each had our own stocking that we put out the night before St. Nick's Day. My husband would put his Christmas List in his stocking for Santa to pick up. However, other people put out shoes. The night of December 5th, place a stocking or shoe outside the children's door(s) and fill it with goodies. In the morning (on December 6th), open the stockings!
Crayon Rings, Etch A Sketch, Coloring Books, Candy
Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
- Small games
- Books or Comic Books
- Small stuffed animals
- Hot chocolate mix
- Lego's (Bernardo is into Ninjago right now, while Higgins does better with a box of Lego's he can create his own inventions with.)
- Small toys
- Special ornament (We get each kid an ornament every year. It has their name and the year on it. We try to make it special for that year. Examples include an apple/desk/pencil if they started school, a horse for their first horse ride, an ornament from vacation, a train if they took a train ride, etc.)
- Mighty Beanz
- Pez Dispensers (I loved getting these every year. I used to have a small collection, but now I have no idea where it is. They come in so many varieties you are sure to find one for boys or girls.)
- Flashlight (Higgins loves playing with my flashlights, so he might get his own again this year. He had his own last year, but tragically learned you can't put a flashlight in the toilet and expect it to still work.)
- Crayons/Colored Pencils/Markers
- Temporary tattoos
- For older kids: gift cards to a movie theater, their favorite store, iTunes, Amazon
- New earbuds for the computer, iPod, etc.
- Chapstick (or lip gloss)
- Chocolate coins
- Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars
- Small fruit (clementines, apples)
- Small Nerf Guns
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